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by Shane Stokes

June 16, 2017

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In today’s Daily News Digest: Pozzovivo takes stage 6 and overall lead in the Tour de Suisse; Groenewegen wins stage 2 of Ster ZLM Toer; Sam Bennett wins stage 1 of the Tour of Slovenia; Hindley and Hamilton take Australian one-two on final day of Baby Giro, Sivakov wins overall; Loubet wins stage one of the Route du Sud; Min wins stage 2 of the Tour of Korea; Cavendish returns to action with solid ride on stage one of the Tour of Slovenia; Cookson defends biological passport, reveals existence of two ongoing cases; Varnish angry after publication of British Cycling report; Collins says he doesn’t believe Cookson should be re-elected UCI president; Matthews confirmed to lead Team Sunweb at Tour de France as longlist announced; Video: Peter Sagan rides new Specialized Diverge; Video: Throwback Thursday from the 2016 world championships

Pozzovivo takes stage 6 and overall lead in the Tour de Suisse

by Shane Stokes

Often an aggressor but seldom a winner, things finally paid off for Domenico Pozzovivo on Thursday’s sixth stage of the Tour de Suisse. The Italian Ag2r La Mondiale rider bridged up to Cannondale-Drapac rider Michael Woods on the final climb of the Albulapass, then dropped the Canadian on the wet descent and reached the finish line in La Punt alone.

Woods was overhauled by the chasers, with the first of these led in by Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and Jon Izaguirre (Bahrain-Merida) some four seconds after Pozzovivo. Overnight leader Damiano Caruso was seventh, 15 seconds back and, due to the winner’s bonus, faced a nervous wait to hear if he had lost the yellow jersey.

He and Pozzovivo were deadlocked on time, although once the fractions of a second in the prologue were counted, the latter came out marginally better. The lead consequently transfers from one Italian to another, with Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNl-Jumbo) 13 seconds back in third.

“I have been waiting a long time for this,” Pozzovivo said. “Dropping everyone on the climb, bridging up to the breakaway, taking the win…I had a perfect start to the season, and my Giro went very well [he was sixth]. I have had good legs and it was necessary just to have the right mindset in order to do something at the Tour of Switzerland. I will now try to increase my lead in the overall, especially since there is a time trial on the final day that really does not suit me.”

The 166.7 kilometre stage featured two climbs, with the second of those, the Albulapass, being followed by a short descent to the finish. Early on ten riders got clear and built a three-minute lead; Woods then pushed forward on the final climb, but Pozzovivo had better bike handling than the former runner and this made the difference on the wet descent.

Stage 6: Locarno > La Punt - Stage Result

Thursday 15th June 2017

1. it
POZZOVIVO Domenico
AG2R La Mondiale
04:38:49
2. pt
COSTA Rui
UAE Team Emirates
0:04
3. es
IZAGIRRE Ion
Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
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Today’s feature image comes from the Tour de Suisse and is by the Cor Vos agency.

  • Andy B

    Good to see the little man get a win

  • Neuron1

    The difference between the way Pozzovivo, the lead group and Woods descended was striking. I guess thats what make a bike racer different than a bike rider.

  • BRK

    Who’s better at descending… Woods or Pinot?

    • Andy B

      Wiggo

  • I thought yesterday’s TdS stage was a good showcase of how much sense disc brakes make.

  • Twiggy

    Pozzovivo in the rain reminds me of his epic slide across the finish line at Lombardia 2013. Even then he maintained full composure..

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