Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 1, 2017

Gaudin beats Van Avermaet to take prologue at Skoda Tour of Luxembourg; Dumoulin’s Giro achievement celebrated in Maastricht; Porte chasing Critérium du Dauphiné victory; Sagan, Majka head Bora-hansgrohe long list for Tour de France; Cavendish remains uncertain for Tour de France; Longo Borghini to lead Wiggle High5 squad in OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Record Giro d’Italia viewing figures for Eurosport; American cycling press officer Sean Weide dead at age 49; Drunk driver given maximum sentence of 12 years for killing cyclist; Video: Hammer Series – The format explained; Video: Critérium du Dauphiné 2017 Essential Guide

Gaudin beats Van Avermaet to take prologue at Skoda Tour of Luxembourg

by VeloClub

Beating the better-known Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team), Damien Gaudin (Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre) grabbed the first leader’s jersey in the Skoda Tour of Luxemboug on Wednesday evening.

The French rider clocked a time of three minutes on the two kilometre prologue course in Luxembourg, beating Van Avermaet by one second and the latter’s teammate Jean-Pierre Drucker by four.

Gaudin’s past results illustrate why he was in the running for success on Wednesday. Four years ago he won the prologue in Paris-Nice, thus illustrating his speed against the clock. He is also a past winner of the Under 23 Paris-Roubaix and was fifth in the pro version of the race in 2013. He combined those abilities on the cobbled sections of the prologue course to beat the other riders.

The former Europcar and Ag2r La Mondiale rider has been in solid form this year, winning the Tro-Bro Léon and also a stage in the Tour de Normandie.

The Skoda Tour of Luxembourg continues on Thursday with a 172 kilometre race from Luxembourg to Bascharage.

Prologue: Luxembourg > Ville - Stage Result

Wednesday 31st May 2017

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Today’s feature image is by Cor Vos and shows Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin being greeted by home fans in Maastricht’s famous market square.