Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

June 5, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Thomas De Gendt wins stage 1 of the Criterium du Dauphine; Greg Van Avermaet wins the Tour of Luxembourg; Team Sky takes narrow win in the inaugural Hammer Series event; Mathieu van der Poel victorious in the Boucles de la Mayenne;  Andrew Suzuki leads the Trans Am Bike Race; Chaves “so happy” to return to racing at the Dauphine; UCI president Brian Cookson announces bid for second term; India launches its first bike-share scheme; Peter Sagan’s newest TV commercial.

Thomas De Gendt wins stage 1 of the Criterium du Dauphine

by CyclingTips

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) has soloed to an impressive victory on the opening day of the Criterium du Dauphine that should see the Belgian lead until deep into the eight-stage race.

De Gendt was part of a seven-rider breakaway that got away on the first of the day’s eight categorised climbs and that built a lead that peaked at 6:35. De Gendt had been riding for the polka-dot jersey of the King of the Mountains, but in the second of three finishing circuits, De Gendt got clear of the break with Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale). De Gendt rode away from Domont on the final lap to win the stage solo by 44 seconds. Domont was second, while Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) led in the peloton at 57 seconds.

“Before the start of this Dauphiné I had marked a few stages to battle for the KOM jersey,” De Gendt said. “It was my goal to conquer it today and to wear the polka dot jersey the next days, but it will be a different shirt.

“I must be able to keep the jersey till the [stage 4] time trial. I am now 1’09” ahead of the GC riders. When Froome is in shape, he can definitely ride one minute faster than me on such a time trial course, so we’ll see if I can keep the jersey on Wednesday. Maybe by a few seconds. The stage over Mont du Chat on Friday will be too hard for me. Then I can collect more KOM points though. I now have 16 and next weekend there are a lot more to conquer.”

Today’s stage 2 is another lumpy stage with four categorised climbs. It ends in Arlanc and features a slight uphill drag to the line.

Stage 1: Saint-Étienne > Saint-Étienne - Stage Result

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Today’s feature image shows Sky and Sunweb sprinting against one another to win the final stage team time trial (and the overall) at the Hammer Series.