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.
Daily News Digest
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.