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  1. Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini) took out the bunch sprint at the end of stage 2 at the Ladies Tour of Norway on Saturday, overcoming an interruption in the race when an opened bridge neutralised the peloton just 5km from the finish. Hosking won the bunch kick ahead of Marianne Vos (WM3) and Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb), while Vos benefited from the result by moving into the overall race lead.

    A breakaway of four riders escaped late in the race on the finishing circuit in Frederikstad and had a 30-second gap when the escapees were stopped by the open bridge. The peloton soon caught them, and then re-started as a single group when the road was clear.

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    "Wonderful performance," said team director Fortunato Lacquaniti. "The team did the perfect job, it was superbe. Janneke [Ensing] has been intelligent to take the KOM points and get the jersey due to her best place in the GC. Well done, Chloe. The girls are fantastic."

     

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  2. BMC Racing took the Vuelta a Espana's opening team time trial Saturday in Nimes, France, beating world champions Quick-Step Floors by six seconds and placing Rohan Dennis in the first leader's jersey of the race.

    Dennis surged forward in the final metres to cross the line first for BMC and take the race lead heading into Sunday's second stage.

    "It was a hard course, very technical to start and we really had to tactically figure out if it was better to finish with nine or drop a few beforehand," he said. "It tested everything, it tested strength, technique, speed and handling. I’m not too worried about GC on this year’s Grand Tour. My goals were always Giro for GC, and then Vuelta. I just want to go for some stages and test myself against some of the GC guys. Hopefully I can come away with a couple of stages.”

    Dennis now leads five of his teammates in the general classification, with Quick-Step, Team Sunweb and Team Sky riders amassed closely behind. Among the pre-race GC favourites, Chris Froome (Team Sky) is just nine seconds off Dennis' lead, with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) 31 seconds down, Alberto Contador(Trek-Segafredo) is 35 seconds back, and Fabio Aru (Astana) is 41 seconds adrift.

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    How it unfolded

    The 13.7km team time trial in Nimes, France, was a winding affair that included little in the way of vertical challenge. Manzana Postobon led off the nine-man teams in the evening stage, but it was Bora-Hansgrohe that flew over the course in 16:19 that set the early mark to beat. Led by Rafal Majka, the team blasted past earlier leader Lotto Soudal by just three seconds.

    The mark looked in good standing until Team Sunweb’s 16:04 blasted all the rest out of contention. World Champions Quick-Step Floors quickly took care of that, however, carving a half second off Sunweb’s time to set a new best mark and move to the top of the leader board.

    Two-time team time trial world champions BMC Racing proved their mettle in the discipline with the new best time just a few minutes later, crossing the line under 16 minutes in 15:58.

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  3. Wiggle High5's Jolien D'Hoore sprinted to victory on stage 1 of the Ladies Tour of Norway, taking over control of the race leader's jersey from prologue winner Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb) in the process.

    The 27-year-old Belgian national road champion beat out Gracie Elvin (Orica Scott) and Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) in the high-speed finale.

    Friday's stage ran just over 100 kilometres in full, with a pair of categorised climbs on the profile but no serious mountains on the road from Halden to Mysen. After a relatively controlled first half of the day, numerous riders fired off the front in the final 50 kilometres attempting to forge clear of the pack. The sprinters' teams stayed attentive to any potential escapees, however, preventing anyone from building a significant gap and guaranteeing the sprint finish.

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    D'Hoore pulled to the front on the long final straightaway as a gradual descent to the line flattened out for the run to the finish. She began pulling away 50 metres from the line and held on ahead of Elvin to nab her sixth WorldTour-level victory of the 2017 season, and the race lead to boot. She now enjoys a two-second advantage over fifth-place finisher Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling) in the general classification, with Elvin sitting in third overall at six seconds back.

     

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  4. Alexis Vuillermoz collected enough bonus seconds on Friday's final stage of the Tour du Limousin to claim the overall title. The AG2R rider pulled even on time with Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Oscaro) and leapfrogged him in the general classification on points.

    Wanty - Groupe Gobert's Guillaume Martin jumped away with teammate Jérôme Baugnies to nab the stage, with Baugnies taking runner-up honours. Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank - Corendon) led the pack home for third.

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