Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 26, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Claeys wins third stage of Tour de Wallonie; Simon Yates takes first pro win at Prueba Villafranca; How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 17-21; The supertuck, super sprinters, and the Running Man: The 10 most memorable moments of the 2016 Tour de France; Using Tour of Utah defense as training, Dombrowski eyeing victory at Leadville 100 MTB Race; Quintana to skip Rio Olympics; Tony Martin abandons Tour de France on final stage; Caffeine more harmful than helpful; On-board highlights from Tour de France, stage 21; Best of the 2016 Tour de France; Tour de France 2016: What’s been the best moment for you?; A stage win from inside the team car; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 21

Claeys wins third stage of Tour de Wallonie

by CyclingTips

The longest stage of the of the  Tour de Wallonie came down to a sprint with Dimitri Claeys (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) beating race leader Gianni Meersman (Etixx-Quick Step) and Jonathan Hivert (Fortuneo – Vital Concept).

“We were disappointed after the carash and the withdrawal of our leader Enrico Gasparotto,” said Claeys. “As for me, I wanted to avenge my lackluster early season. My recent altitude training has put me in excellent condition and my team did a great job on Monday with Boris Dron in a breakaway and Thomas Degand in the final.

Meersman took over the race lead from teammate Tom Boonen, but is essentially tied on time with Claeys.

“At first I was disappointed with my second place, but I finally think I can be satisfied because I took possession of the yellow jersey,” said Meersman. “I have not had a good spring, but I trained well for this race as it is a goal for me.”

Looking ahead, Claeys said that the GC battle is just beginning at that his team will have a lot of cards to play. “There are still two tough stages and this opens up opportunities.”

Stage 3: Braine-l'Alleud > Vielsalm - Stage Result

Monday 25th July 2016

1. be
CLAEYS Dimitri
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
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Etixx - Quick Step
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HIVERT Jonathan
Fortuneo - Vital Concept

Today’s feature image is from La Course of the Tour de France.