Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 16, 2016


In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Atapuma wins first Suisse climbing stage; Nail biting final sees Majerus win stage 1 in the Aviva Women’s Tour; Five bicycles in Kalamazoo; Cameron Meyer leaves Dimension Data with immediate effect; Ryder on Meyer leaving Dimension Data: ‘It’s sad for all of us’; The races across and down America: Infected dog bites, a record holder out and flat batteries; Gay cycling champ promotes an authentic and visible life; Police searching for man placing tacks along cycling routes; IAM Cycling bus gets stuck at Tour de Suisse; Thousands of naked cyclists hope to increase awareness in Mexico; On-board footage from Tour de Suisse, stage 4; A day with Toms Skujins at Tour de Suisse; Spanish paralympian training for Rio

Stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse 2016

Atapuma wins first Suisse climbing stage

by CyclingTips

Darwin Atapuma (BMC) won the first major climbing stage of Tour de Suisse ahead of Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin) and Pierre LaTour (AG2R La Mondiale). LaTour takes over the leader’s jersey ahead of Wilco Kelderman (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) and Geraint Thomas (Team Sky).

The main break of the day was a large 24-rider group. But on the penultimate climb the attacks began as Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale) elevated the pace, splitting the large group.

Whittled down to seven, Atapuma kept the pace high and eventually took the maximum points at the top of the KOM. Over the top the group reorganized with a handful of riders together on the descent. But heavy rain made the drop to the valley precarious, and on the bottom only six riders were on the front, with more trying in vain to rejoin.

On the final climb various small attacks by the group upped the gap to more than a minute and shrunk it down to only four riders. Behind, Team Sky took up the chasing efforts. At 6km to go Atapuma had upped the pace by himself and eventually saw that only Natnael Berhane (Dimension Data) was stayed with him. He then made his move, cresting the final KOM alone with a little more than 1km to go to the finish.

“I knew it was possible to win but I needed to stay focused,” said Atapuma. “I had good legs, the others had dropped and I know the climb well. I was waiting for the right moment to attack and when I went I managed to develop a good gap, and it paid off. I had to dig deep in the final kilometer as I knew there were riders getting closer. But I just wanted the win so badly.”

Stage 5: Brig/Glis > Carì - Stage Result

Wednesday 15th June 2016

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BMC Racing Team
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Team Giant - Alpecin
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AG2R La Mondiale

Today’s feature image comes from the final stage of the Criterium du Dauphine.

  • Kieran Degan

    Very sad about Cam Meyer. Sounds like he’s in a tough place. It’s good to remember that a situation like this is more than a wasted talent, its a human suffering. Best of luck to him.

  • jules

    I fully support Brendan Housler and thanks for sharing but also – yawn. Who cares anymore? Be who you are and screw anyone who has a problem with it. Vast majority have your back on that.

    Sorry to hear about Cam Meyer. Hopefully he sorts stuff out and is able to come back.

    • Lach

      Unfortunately the vast majority don’t necessarily have our backs on that. Maybe your group of friends, and mine, do – but whilst atrocities are being committed around the world purely because of your sexual orientation (In our own country too), it’s important for people like Brendan to lead the way and I’d really appreciate you not yawning on that fact :)

  • Nitro

    Awesome short snapshot of the Spanish paralympian. (Something to explore in more detail in future / upcoming articles?)

    Puts things in context.

    Most of the time, most of us (self included) are focused on the latest tech, marginal gains, aero advantages, savings of a few grams here and there…. where in reality we don’t stop and think about how grateful we should be to have 2 arms, 2 legs and our health…

  • Andy B

    Atapuma has made for some exciting racing recently, good to see :)
    Pretty rare to see a BMC rider winning/riding like that

    • slartiblartfast

      Sounds like it was survival of the fittest and a natural selection was made.

      • dsd74

        Ah, you beat me to it!

  • pedr09

    Really happy for Atapuma. WTF was van Garderen doing riding at the front of the chase? I honestly don’t think this guy’s got a lot upstairs.


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