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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 21, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Zakarin climbs to Tour de France stage win, Froome extends GC lead; Spratt wins penultimate stage of Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen; GC Leader Buts sprints to stage 4 win in Qinghai Lake; Jelle Wallays wins Grand Prix Cerami; Sagan signs €6 million contract with Bora-hansgrohe; Cavendish leaves Tour de France on second rest day to prepare for Olympics; Your guide to La Course by le TDF; First all-black women’s pro cycling team forming in Africa; Henao on riding against former flatmate; New professiona; Cyclist hit by vehicle on first ride with camera; Sagan: Life is like a movie (part 2)

Zakarin climbs to Tour de France stage win, Froome extends GC lead

by Michael Better

Russian Illnur Zakarin (Katusha) climbed his way to a mountaintop stage victory on Wednesday in stage 17 of the Tour de France, held entirely in Switzerland, as riders from the breakaway fought for victory on the hors categorie climb of the Col de la Gueulaz to the finish in Emosson.

Jarlinson Pantano (IAM) finished as runner up, 55 seconds behind, while KOM leader Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) came home in third, 1:26 back.

Majka and Pantano entered the final climb to the finish with a slim advantage over their fellow breakaway companions. Zakarin quickly bridged to the leading duo and then attacked them. The Russian powered over the final 6 kilometres of the stage to take the victory — a bit of redemption after he was forced out of the Giro d’Italia with a broken collarbone a few days before the finish, sitting fifth overall at the time.

“I did my best today,” Zakarin said after the stage. “I’m really happy now. Thank you to my teammates, they’ve been super. This result is not a surprise for me. In the first week, I also tried to go for it.”

Australian Richie Porte (BMC Racing) attacked in the final two kilometres of the climb, and only Chris Froome (Team Sky) was able to follow. Nairo Quintana (Movistar), who entered the Tour as Froome’s biggest adversary for the overall, lost more time on the summit finish. The Colombian finished not only behind Froome, but also behind GC contenders Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange), Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale), and Fabio Aru (Astana).


Click through to read more at CyclingTips.

Today’s feature image comes from stage 16 of the Tour de France.

  • krashdavage

    Where are last night’s tour results? I mean the results list… not on the Zakarin race win report page. Not on the Richie Porte aims for podium report story. Not on daily news… there’s a broken link there too. I really just want the list. And I don’t want to go elsewhere for the information. I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed but it should be easier to find.

    • martin

      The results get fed through from Pro Cycling Stats.

      • krashdavage

        Thanks Martin.

    • Tim Ashton

      Down the homepage there is a section labelled Race Results, it shows the top 3 only, but just under that there is a link labelled ‘View Full Results’. Thats where you want to head :)

      • krashdavage

        Thanks Tim. I’m sure they used to put them at the bottom of the main race report story.

        • Hey Dave – apologies for the borken link to the full story. Fixed now.

          In the DND we just put the top 3 results with a link to the full results at the bottom (we don’t want these clogging up the page). Same with the race report story itself:

    • Hamish Moffatt

      Personally I wouldn’t mind if the lists disappeared. They are easy to find on other sites, the quality reporting and photographs not so much.

      • Indeed, we definitely don’t put any effort into our race results because it’s easy to license them from procyclingstats, but it’s a service we must provide since they’re such an important part of the race.

        • velocite

          I appreciate them – don’t stop!

  • velocite

    I still have the image of Zacharin on his back after his crash in the Giro, way off the road. So it was good to see him take that stage. Just as well there was no descent to the finish though.

    • Andy B

      yep me too, my initial thoughts were “is he alive?”

      amazing comeback from that crash

  • velocite

    I appreciate those videos of cyclists being hit by cars, they’re valuable reminders that you have to be ready for anything, as ready as you can be. The last time I was hit by a car was over twenty years ago, and I’m hoping that interval will continue to climb. It was excellent that he was using his camera, as it appears that the rego of the hit and run lowlife was captured.

    • Andy B

      Yep, Whilst that driver was clearly 100% at fault I am always weary of where drivers are and what they are doing, you have to be on the lookout for that constantly
      Its happen to me quite a few times with many close calls but expecting it to happen helps change the outcome

      Its a backwards world we live in


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