Press Association Team Sky’s Nicolas Roche claimed victory on the 18th stage of the Vuelta a Espana as T om Dumoulin kept hold of the leader’s red jersey for Team Giant-Alpecin. There was no change at the top of the general classification as Holland’s Dumoulin – Wednesday’s winner – maintained his hold at the summit after coming home 15th in Riaza. He has a three-seconds lead over Astana’s Fabio Aru. With no summit finishes remaining until Sunday’s concluding stage to Madrid, it remains to be seen if Aru of Italy can wrestle the red jersey from Dumoulin. A fascinating conclusion to the race is in prospect as Dumoulin seeks a momentous moment for Dutch cycling. It is 35 years since a Dutchman won a Grand Tour, when Joop Zoetemelk won the 1980 Tour de France. He also won the 1979 Vuelta. Roche was delighted hopes of a stage victory “finally worked out” as he sealed the triumph in Riaza. He told Eurosport: “There was a rider 20 seconds behind and when we saw that I just said ‘let’s just ride to the finish and we’ll do a mano a mano sprint’. It was actually really good and we co-operated well since the 15km to go sign. I think that was our only chance. “Coming into the sprint I wanted to lead it out. Haimar is someone who has got a lot of experience and I’ve lost a few sprints against him in the past, in (Clasica) San Sebastian for example. “I didn’t want to have a slow-start sprint, I wanted to have a really high speed one. “I thought I’d try and manage my own pace. I smiled because I was happy that it worked. I thought ‘yes, for once I didn’t mess up’. “I’ve had a few second and third places and I’ve always lacked that little small bit at the finish. Today it finally worked out.” The 31-year-old Irishman, who last won a Grant Tour stage win during the 2013 race in Spain, won Thursday’s 204-kilometre route from Roa to Riaza in a sprint finish to hand Team Sky their first victory of the Tour. Roche and Haimar Zubeldia ( Trek Factory Racing ) broke away from the leading group with the former just edging out the Basque in a time of five hours, three minutes and 59 seconds as Portugal’s Jose Goncalves (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA) crossed the line 18 seconds further back in third.
Ed Elsass, of Wellington, died on Monday, June 2, 2014 at his home in Wellington at the age of 50.Ed ElsassEd was born the son of Stew and Nancee (McGee) Elsass on Tuesday, June 25, 1963 in Wichita. His mother preceded him in death.On Friday, August 30, 1985, Ed and Carol (Lawless) were united in marriage in Mulvane. Together they celebrated 28 years of marriage.Ed was a corrections officer for the Sumner County Detention Center in Wellington.Â Survivors include his wife, Carol Elsass of Wellington; daughter, Shanonn Sharpe and her husband Tyler of Yukon, Oklahoma; son, Benjaminn Elsass and his wife Jeanette of Wellington; father and stepmother, Stew and Marilyn Elsass of Springfield, Missouri; sister, Susann Elsass of Florence, Alabama; stepsisters, Cathy DiFilippo and her husband Tony of Nixa, Missouri and Sarah Truitt of Springfield, Missouri.Memorial services for Ed will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Church of Christ in Wellington.Memorials have been established in his loving memory to the Ed Elsass Memorial Fund, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.