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30th Ster ZLM Toer 2016

Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

June 20, 2016


In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Miguel Angel Lopez wins the Tour de Suisse; Lizzie Armitstead wins the Aviva Women’s Tour of Britain; Nairo Quintana victorious in the Route du Sud; Sep Vanmarcke wins the Ster ZLM Toer; Rein Taaramae takes victory in the Tour de Slovenie; The Trans Am and Tour Divide – The chase is on; Update on Keagan Girdlestone’s injuries; Peter Sagan to Bora-Argon 18?; Quintana, Chaves headline stacked Colombian team for the Olympic road race; Sean De Bie’s ‘custom’ leader’s jersey; Scaring Peter Sagan; Behind the scenes at the Tour de Kumano with State of Matter-MAAP; Le Ride – the 1928 Tour de France route on an era-correct bike.

Stage 9 of the Tour de Suisse 2016

Miguel Angel Lopez wins the Tour de Suisse

by CyclingTips

A strong time trial in the penultimate stage of the Tour de Suisse has given Colombia’s Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) overall victory in the nine-stage WorldTour race.

Lopez went into the stage 8 individual time trial in second overall, 21 seconds behind leader Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin), before posting the second fastest time of the day. Ion Izagirre (Movistar) clinched the stage, completing the hilly 16.8km effort in 21:31 (46.8km/h average) while Lopez was 18 seconds behind.

Twenty-two-year-old Lopez took an eight-second lead into the final stage which was shortened from 117.7km to 57km due to inclement weather in the mountains. Jarlinson Pantano (IAM) took stage honours in a group of seven which reached the line together. Lopez had lead the race solo at the top of the final climb, but was caught by a small group on the run in to the line.

The overall win is Lopez’s first GC success since winning the Tour de l’Avenir in 2014.

Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon and shows Andre Greipel making a splash on stage 3 of the Ster ZLM Toer.

  • jules

    keep fighting Keagz. I didn’t realise the nature of his injuries. I hope he continues to improve. thanks for updating us.

  • Neuron1

    What horrific injuries. Hoping for his full recovery. How did he get cut so badly?

    • jules

      reports are that he struck the rear of his team car on a descent. out of respect it’s best not to speculate publicly on details, but its easy to imagine.

  • Nitro

    (a) Thoughts for a speedy recovery for Keagan. Clearly a long way to go to get back on his feet, but every step is a step in the right direction

    (b) The Phil Keoghan film looks awesome. I’ve often wondered how 21st Century man would go on (early) 20th Century technology. Looks like we’re about to find out…

    • velocite

      The main thing will be how they go without gears, I reckon that would be the biggest bike difference – though of course I’ve never ridden a 1928 bike. But a bigger factor might be the roads; some of those 1928 roads were pretty rough tracks. Anorak fact: Hubert Opperman came 18th in 1928.

  • Hamish Moffatt

    I think this article needs more Holden ads.

    • Bex

      i had 8 Holden ads, but didn’t notice until you pointed them out

  • MattHurst

    Sagan clip, gold.

  • bigdo

    Sagan to Bora Argon? Not unless they’re gonna drop 10 million… and i don’t think their pockets are that deep…

  • markpa

    Le Ride does look amazing (as in Wow, they must be mad sort of amazing) .
    Had a friend who, with a couple of mates, attempted the 2011 Paris-Brest-Paris on period correct bikes (one had wooden rims) to honour the 80th anniversary of Oppie’s win.
    It’s a mere 1200 km non stop. However, it proved too tough and they DNFd.
    From their figures : 3338 miles is 5372 km, the 2016 Tour will be 3519 km. So 1 & 1/2 times the current version.
    132,329 vertical feet is 40,334 m, which is a shit load (no, I couldn’t quickly find 2016 total)


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