Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 14, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Warbasse takes his and Aqua Blue Sport’s first pro win on stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse; Hamilton and Areruva win stages on day five of Under 23 Giro d’Italia; UCI suspends Bardiani-CSF team over double positives; Bardiani-CSF unhappy with sanction but says it won’t appeal; Movistar Team announces Tour de France shortlist; French anti-doping officials suggest cycling is moving in the right direction; Kittel to discuss contract with QuickStep Floors boss Lefevere; Taylor Phinney on how meditation has changed him; Selections announced for 2017 MontanaCrossCamp, including first women’s camp; Stan’s NoTubes announces Avion R Pro rim-brake carbon road wheelsets; Video: Top 10 WTF moments in cycling

Larry Warbasse takes stage 4 of 2017 Tour de Suisse

Warbasse takes his and Aqua Blue Sport’s first pro win on stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse

by VeloClub

American rider Larry Warbasse clocked up the first victory of his professional career, and also the first such success for his Aqua Blue Sport team, when he was first on stage 4 at the Tour de Suisse. The 26-year-old broke clear early on with three others, namely Lars Boom (Astana), Nick van der Lijke (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij) and Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie), in what was the first big mountain stage of the race.

Boom lost his place early on and then Warbasse snuffed out the hopes of the remaining two on the finishing climb to Villars-sur-Ollon. He was strong enough to fend off the chase behind, with Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team), Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNl-Jumbo) and Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) finishing 40 seconds back.

“This is the first victory of my career,” an emotional Warbasse said. “It’s amazing. I love this race, I love Switzerland. I rode for IAM Cycling last two years. It’s one of the most beautiful countries, and today I felt like it was my home race, there were so many people cheering for me, everyone was yelling my name.

“I’m really happy. I believed I could win as soon as I got in the breakaway. I told everyone yesterday… I’ve worked really hard, this whole season. I always give 110% and I’m just so happy it finally paid off.” Stage 3 winner and overnight leader Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) was dropped on the climbs, with his yellow jersey being inherited by Caruso. He is 15 seconds ahead of Kruijswijk heading towards Wednesday’s 222 kilometre race to Cevio.

Stage 4: Bern > Villars-sur-Ollon - Stage Result

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Today’s feature image comes from stage four of the Tour de Suisse and is by the Cor Vos agency.