Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 18, 2016

Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Tejay van Garderen bounces back with Suisse stage win, Barguil takes lead; Taaramäe takes over at Tour de Slovenie; Groenewegen makes it a Dutch hat trick at SterZLM Tour; Armitstead wins stage 3 and takes the lead in the Aviva Women’s Tour; Coquard doubles wins as Quintana assumes lead at Route du Sud; Simon Yates handed four-month suspension, back racing in July; Yates confirms he won’t appeal sanction: “I’m very embarrassed about the situation.”; The Muur van Geraardsbergen returns to the Tour of Flanders in 2017; Behind the Wheel: Peter Sagan’s 1970 Dodge Charger; Spain anti-doping head believes Puerto investigation can still move forward; Sarah Storey going to seventh Paralympics; On-bike highlights from Tour de Suisse, stage 6; Behind the scenes with LottoNL-Jumbo mechanics

Tejay van Garderen bounces back with Suisse stage win, Barguil takes lead

by Mark Zalewski

Tejay van Garderen (BMC) won the longest stage of the Tour de Suisse, while Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin) took over the race lead, finishing the stage in third place behind Miguel Lopez (Astana).

Stage 7 of the Tour de Suisse 2016

“It’s up there with a few other victories,” van Garderen said. “It’s a mixed emotion. I knew I had good form — wish I hadn’t screwed up yesterday, but happy to bounce back and win the stage. Nice to have sunshine today, didn’t have to freeze on a descent. I know I had form to win here, I just made error yesterday, but I’m happy to come away from race with something.”

Iljo Keisse (Etixx-QuickStep) and Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) were the brave two trying a breakaway on the tour’s longest stage at 223km. It was little surprise IAM Cycling would be represented in a break as their leader Mathias Frank withdrew from the race the day prior due to illness, and the home team was looking for a result. The pair built a double-digit lead as the GC contenders were more concerned to watch each other.

When the contenders reached the climb it was a slow thinning-out, as the road pitched up. Race leader Wilco Keldermen (LottoNL-Jumbo) was dropped with around 8km to go, while Team Sky set the pace for Geraint Thomas. Brandle, who had dropped Keisse at the start of the climb, finally succumbed to the climb at 5.5km to go, but still managed to pull a wheelie as the GC battle went past him.

With 4.6km to go Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) made the first attack. Though having lost time the day before the other GC riders were not too worried. Later the group split and it was every rider for himself, with Barguil and Lopez proving the strongest and separating themselves from the other contenders.


Stage 7: Arbon > Sölden - Stage Result

Friday 17th June 2016

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BMC Racing Team
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LóPEZ Miguel Ángel
Astana Pro Team
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Team Giant - Alpecin

Today’s feature image comes from stage 3 of the SterZLM Tour.