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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 17, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Weening wins Suisse stage as GC picture sharpens; Break spoils sprinter’s day at SterZLM Tour; Keukeleire wins Tour de Slovénie opener; Pieters and Vos celebrate in the Aviva Women’s Tour stage 2; Coquard wins Route de Sud sprint; The Trans Am and Tour Divide: Shelter from the storm; Frank leaves Tour de Suisse; Wiggle High5 replaces sport director; Driver appeared asleep before car fatally hit cyclist; Helmet added to Australian ad campaign; Crashes cause cancellation of North Star Grand Prix stage; Off-duty police officer draws gun on cyclist; US criterium champion Huff on being a pro cyclist; On-board for Tour de Suisse, stage 5; Finish line tears at the Tour de Suisse; Behind the scenes with the Giro TV crew

Weening wins Suisse stage as GC picture sharpens

by Mark Zalewski

Pieter Weening (Roompot-Orange Peloton) gave his Pro Continental team a huge victory, winning a tough, rain-soaked stage at the Tour de Suisse. The 35-year-old attacked out of the breakaway and rode up the final KOM solo for the win. The GC picture came into more focus as Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo) assumed the leader’s jersey.

Stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse 2016


“It’s a WorldTour race and so this is a strong field, a lot of riders are here preparing for the Tour [de France],” said Weening. “It’s a really important win for me and for the team.”

The GC race was going according to plan until Movistar’s Jasha Sutterlin attacked with team leader Gorka Izaguirre on the penultimate descent. They built an advantage of more than three minutes on the flat before the final climb. As the break began the climb, Nico Brüngger (Team Roth) made the first attack but was quickly passed by Weening who rode away solo.

When the Movistar duo reached the start of the KOM at 7.1km to go, Sutterlin sat up, leaving his teammate to finish on his own. Izaguirre began to pick off remnants of the breakaway while the main group the contenders watched each other. The only one to make a move was defending champion Simon Spilak (Katusha) who tried twice to separate himself, but without success. Cannondale was the only team with two riders in the group, and deep into the climb Joe Dombrowski moved to the front, pacing Andrew Talansky and closing the gap to Izaguirre.

The pace dropped the likes of Geraint Thomas and the thinned-down contender group was brought across the line by Kelderman, followed by Talansky.

Stage 6: Weese > Amden - Stage Result

Thursday 16th June 2016

1. nl
Roompot - Oranje Peloton
2. ar
RICHEZE Ariel Maximiliano
Etixx - Quick Step
3. pl
CCC Sprandi Polkowice

Today’s feature image comes from stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse.

  • muz

    God bless ‘merica

  • Luke Bartlett

    well that escalated quickly!

  • velocite

    Tour de Suisse: van Garderen loses 6:28 on the stage. Blames the cold. I do sympathize, knowing from experience that sometimes you feel good and sometimes you don’t. But some riders are consistent in stage races and others not so much. I’ve never seen any physiological explanation for that.

    • Kieran Degan

      I think Porte just mailed him a musette in preparation for the tour.

      • velocite

        OK..but don’t we have our fingers crossed that Richie doesn’t have an off day somewhere in the three weeks?

        • Kieran Degan

          Agree. Richie is prone to the odd (very) bad day. Also his positioning leaves a bit to be desired too. Dauphine was a good example of this, and I believe something similar happened in Paris-Nice. I think that may be his biggest downfall. He’ll have good support on the flats but who knows what he’ll have in the mountain (besides TVG, but who knows how that will work). Over 3 weeks, being in the wrong place at the wrong time can cost you dearly. Hope he’s on the ball because he looks to be climbing well and the 2 TT’s would suit him.

          • The analysis is irrelevant with both TJ and Ritchie. Porte doesn’t believe he can win the tour and repeatedly lacks the eye of the tiger. And Van Garderen continuously excuses himself for not performing.

    • jules

      I have. doping. it’s good that they aren’t infallible supermen anymore. it’s more real.

  • Laurens

    What an exciting time to be a Dutch cycling fan!

  • Michael

    Is it just me or does it always rain in Switzerland (Tour de Suisse, Romandie)? Any tips when it is good to visit the Swiss Alps to have some good weather? :)


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