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VN news ticker: Caleb Ewan abandons Giro d’Italia, Tom Dumoulin confirmed for Olympic road race and time trial

Here's the news making headlines for Saturday, May 15.

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Caleb Ewan abandons Giro d’Italia during stage 8

Aussie sprinter Caleb Ewan abandoned the Giro d’Italia on Saturday.

The 26-year-old started the eighth stage out of Foggia and had been dangling off the back of the bunch during the opening hour of racing. After around 50km, it was confirmed by Lotto-Soudal that he had pulled out of the race with knee pain.

The fastman had already scored two wins at the Giro, including stage 7 Friday, and was wearing the Ciclamino points jersey for stage 8.

Ewan may already have been planning to leave the race ahead of the high mountains given his ambition to win a stage at all three grand tours this year.

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Arlenis Sierra beats Ruth Winder, Annemiek van Vleuten at Navarra Elite Classic

Arlenis Sierra (A.R. Monex) outsprinted Ruth Winder (Trek-Segafredo) and Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) to top the podium at the Navarra Elite Classic on Friday.

It was the 28-year-old’s first big win since she scored at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in 2019, and comes just two months after being hit by a vehicle in a training incident in March.

Van Vleuten forced the selection in the final two kilometers with an attack that was marked by Winder and Sierra, and the Cuban had the fastest legs to finish it off.

“I want to dedicate this to my family and friends,” she said.

Winder finished second and van Vleuten third in the Pamplona sprint.

“I always like to see opportunities to attack, especially in the finale,” van Vleuten said. “It was two K to go, when everyone came back together as we entered Pamplona, and with all sprinters there – I knew Sierra was way faster – I just wanted to take advantage of all chances. I saw a little bridge, and that’s where I went all out before the sprint. I’m proud and happy that I gave it a try.”

Tom Dumoulin selected for Dutch Olympic road race and time trial

Tom Dumoulin has been handed a slot on the Dutch Olympic team, just days after he confirmed that he would return from hiatus to race at next month’s Tour de Suisse.

The Dutch squad confirmed its selection for Tokyo on Friday. Dumoulin will be joined by Bauke Mollema, Wilco Kelderman, Dylan van Baarle and Yoeri Havik for the road race before the 30-year-old challenged for time trial gold four days later.

Dumoulin took silver behind Fabian Cancellara in the 2016 Games, and his long record of TT success was sufficient to earn him a slot for the Tokyo squad said national coach Koos Moerenhout.

“In the Netherlands we have a number of strong time trialists, but the class that Tom already showed in this part is of an exceptional level. I am thinking of his performance at the previous Olympic Games, but also of the world title he won in 2017 (Bergen),” Moerenhout said.

“Tom Dumoulin has indicated that he will start with ambitions in the time trial and the road race and I am convinced that he – together with his team – will prepare optimally. The competition at the Olympic Games will be fierce, but we aim for the highest possible result with Tom.”

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Winner Anacona scores in Mallorca Challenge

Arkéa-Samsic rider Winner Anacona claimed victory at the Trofeo Andratx – Mirador des Colomer one-day race. The Colombian went away solo on the short climb to the line to take the third event in the Mallorca challenge series.