VN news ticker: Lucinda Brand wins LOTTO-Thüringen stage 3, Brandon McNulty, Joe Dombrowski to ride Critérium du Dauphiné

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Lucinda Brand scores sprint win at LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour stage 3

World cyclocross champion Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo Women) added another line to her impressive palmares by winning stage 3 of the 2021 LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour.

The 116-kilometer-long stage took on three circuits around Schleiz, including a small climb 15km from the start/finish line.

An early break of Kirsten Wild (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling), Caroline Andersson (Hitec Products), and Lydia Ventker and Helena Bieber (both Team RSG) was allowed as much as eight minutes’ leash by the peloton before the quartet was pursued.

After the final climb and with 7km to go, Wild’s group was absorbed as Brand and Liane Lippert (Team DSM) went on the move and gained nearly half a minute advantage.

The Dutch rider was able to stay off the front and narrowly take the win while Lippert was caught before the line.

Emma Norsgaard — who has been first, and twice second so far — continued in the leader’s jersey after another podium finish, while Brand moved into second place on the GC.

LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour stage 3 Results

  1. Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo Women), 3:18:52
  2. Emma Norsgaard (Movistar Team), at 00:02
  3. Lotte Kopecky (Liv Racin), at s.t.

Brandon McNulty, Joe Dombrowski to ride Critérium du Dauphiné

Brandon McNulty and Joe Dombrowski will headline the UAE-Team Emirates squad at the Critérium du Dauphiné, which starts Sunday. McNulty will lead the team’s GC ambitions with Tadej Pogačar riding the Tour of Slovenia later this month for his final Tour de France preparations.

McNulty was previously slated to ride the Giro d’Italia, but a late change in his program will see him race the Tour instead. Dombrowski returns to racing at the Dauphiné after he crashed out of the Giro during the first week, a day after winning his first grand tour stage.

“After my last race I got to travel back to the US and went to do altitude training in Flagstaff which is less than a couple of hours from where I live,” McNulty said.

“I’m excited for the Dauphiné. I’m not exactly sure where my form is at because you never really know when you’re training at altitude, but I’m looking forward to getting back stuck into the racing.”

UAE-Team Emirates for the Critérium du Dauphiné: Camilo Ardila, Mikkel Bjerg, Sven Erik Bystrom, Joe Dombrowski, Alexander Kristoff, Brandon McNulty and Ivo Oliveira.

UEC cancels track championship in Minsk

The European Cycling Union confirmed Thursday that it will cancel the European track championship, scheduled for Minsk, Belarus, on June 23-27. There was growing international pressure following an incident with a hijacking of an airline to arrest a government critic.

“We have recently been monitoring the situation with the Belarus Cycling Federation which has now developed into an international debate and today during the Management Board meeting, we have decided to cancel the event in Minsk,” said Enrico Della Casa, president of the Union Européenne de Cyclisme. “We are already working on finding an alternative solution to enable the riders from our 50 National Federations to compete in this season’s continental event.”

Giulio Ciccone quits Giro d’Italia after stage 17 crash

Giulio Ciccone pulled out of the Giro d’Italia due to illness and injury just days before the race is set to arrive in Milan. The Italian rider turned up at the start line of stage 18 and signed on, but the team’s doctor decided to take him out of the race for his own safety.

Ciccone was Trek-Segafredo’s main GC hopeful after a disappointing start to the race from Vincenzo Nibali. He dropped several places down the overall standings, to 10th, after a difficult stage 17 that saw him chase back from a mechanical problem and a crash ahead of the final climb.

He suffered a heavy contusion to his back and left hand in the crash.

“Unfortunately, the rider will not be at the start of the stage. Despite a troubled night, with a slight fever, Ciccone signed his presence at the signature podium,” the team wrote in a statement.

“But after a further evaluation of the team doctor just before the start, considering the general state of strong debilitation, the team decided to stop him to safeguard his health and safety in the race.”

Nick Schultz out of Giro d’Italia with broken hand

Team BikeExchange will be one man down for the remainder of the Giro d’Italia after Nick Schultz left the race with a broken hand. The Australian was caught up in the same crash on the descent of the Passo di San Valentino during stage 17 that put Remco Evenepoel out of the race.

“Unfortunately following a crash today we can confirm that Nick Schultz has fractured the 5th metacarpal on his left hand,” the team wrote on social media. “As a result, he will not start tomorrow’s stage 18. He will undergo further examination to determine if surgery is needed.”

Team BikeExchange is currently in line for a podium spot at the Giro d’Italia with Simon Yates attacking on the final climb to move into third place overall at 3:23 behind race leader Egan Bernal. Schultz is the first of the team’s riders to abandon the race.