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Fuglsang wins the Critérium du Dauphiné as van Baarle takes the final stage, Deignan wins the Women’s Tour, Sánchez solos to victory on stage 2 of the Tour de Suisse. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Fuglsang wraps up Dauphiné overall, van Baarle takes final stage
Jakob Fuglsang won the overall title at the Critérium du Dauphiné, finishing the eighth and final stage safely to wrap up his second career Dauphiné GC victory ahead of Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe). Mitchelton-Scott’s Adam Yates, who had started the day in second overall just eight seconds down, pulled out of the race with around 50 kilometers to go, reportedly due to illness.
“I was expecting the day to be even harder than it eventually happened to be but my team controlled it in a perfect way from the beginning,” said Fuglsang, who also won the 2017 edition of the Dauphiné. “For me, it was a jump in a blue limousine until the finish.”
Dylan van Baarle (Ineos) out-sprinted Australian Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott) to win the final stage from the breakaway, with Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto-Soudal) taking third a few seconds later.
The short but challenging 113.5-kilometer stage from Cluses to Champéry drew out a sizable breakaway that featured van Baarle, Haig, Hagen, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and several others in the early goings. The gap to the break would hover between two and three minutes for most of the afternoon – not a huge advantage but enough to leave the escapees fighting for the stage victory by the end of the day.
A pair of final climbs saw a flurry of attacks off the front. Haig managed to solo clear with just over 15 kilometers to go, and van Baarle bridged up to him two kilometers later. In the pack behind, Fuglsang’s Astana teammates kept any major threats in the reduced peloton in check to ensure the Dane would maintain the leader’s jersey all the way to Champéry.
The duo off the front collaborated well to stay clear to the finish, where Van Baarle was the first to take up the final sprint. The Dutchman proved too fast for Haig to come around, taking his first WorldTour victory at the line. Just under two minutes later, Fuglsang arrived at the finish with a select group to seal the overall win.
Stage 8 results
1 VAN BAARLE Dylan (Team INEOS)
2 HAIG Jack (Mitchelton-Scott)
3 HAGEN Carl Fredrik (Lotto Soudal)
4 BARGUIL Warren (Team Arkéa Samsic)
5 KUSS Sepp (Team Jumbo-Visma)
6 REICHENBACH Sébastien (Groupama – FDJ)
7 ALAPHILIPPE Julian (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
8 LUTSENKO Alexey (Astana Pro Team)
9 MEURISSE Xandro (Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team)
10 BUCHMANN Emanuel (BORA – hansgrohe)
1 FUGLSANG Jakob (Astana Pro Team)
2 VAN GARDEREN Tejay (EF Education First)
3 BUCHMANN Emanuel (BORA – hansgrohe)
4 POELS Wout (Team INEOS)
5 PINOT Thibaut (Groupama – FDJ)
6 TEUNS Dylan (Bahrain Merida)
7 LUTSENKO Alexey (Astana Pro Team)
8 MARTIN Dan (UAE-Team Emirates)
9 QUINTANA Nairo (Movistar Team)
10 BARDET Romain (AG2R La Mondiale)
Taylor Phinney, Alex Howes, and Lachlan Morton kicked off EF Education First’s alternative racing calendar at Dirty Kanza earlier this month. The latest entry in the EF Gone Racing video series from Rapha takes a closer look at everything that went into the trio’s trek through the Flint Hills of Kansas …
Sánchez wins stage 2 of the Tour de Suisse
Luis Leon Sánchez (Astana) won stage 2 of the Tour de Suisse, soloing clear from the pack with just over 10 kilometers to go and staying away to take the victory.
“We had to escape the sprint, so we decided to attack before,” Sánchez said. “I was lucky to open a gap and to hold it to the finish!”
Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) now leads the general classification in Switzerland, with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in second overall on the same time. The three-time world road champ won the sprint for second on the day ahead of Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott).
The 159.6-kilometer stage started and finished in Langnau im Emmental, with enough climbs on the menu to wear away at the the peloton over the course of the day.
The last survivor from the final break was caught with a little more than 35 kilometers left to race and two climbs still to tackle. Attacks on the second-category slopes whittled away at the pack but did not stick, with Asgreen and Omar Fraile (Astana) getting a small gap before being reeled in. The peloton was all together approaching the mostly flat final 10 kilometers when Sánchez shot off the front.
A handful of riders tried to bridge, but none were able to close the distance. With the sprinters’ teams slow to put together a fully committed chase, the Spaniard quickly built a healthy gap, and held on to take the win.
Stage 2 results
1 SÁNCHEZ Luis León (Astana Pro Team)
2 SAGAN Peter (BORA – hansgrohe)
3 TRENTIN Matteo (Mitchelton-Scott)
4 ASGREEN Kasper (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
5 VAN AVERMAET Greg (CCC Team)
6 MATTHEWS Michael (Team Sunweb)
7 FRAILE Omar (Astana Pro Team)
8 BYSTRØM Sven Erik (UAE-Team Emirates)
9 HAAS Nathan (Team Katusha Alpecin)
10 SWIFT Ben (Team INEOS)
1 ASGREEN Kasper (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
2 SAGAN Peter (BORA – hansgrohe)
3 DENNIS Rohan (Bahrain Merida)
4 MATTHEWS Michael (Team Sunweb)
5 CRADDOCK Lawson (EF Education First)
6 KÜNG Stefan (Groupama – FDJ)
7 TRENTIN Matteo (Mitchelton-Scott)
8 THOMAS Geraint (Team INEOS)
9 CASTROVIEJO Jonathan (Team INEOS)
10 LAMPAERT Yves (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
Deignan wins the Women’s Tour
Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) won her second career overall title at the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, taking the race lead with a stage 5 win on Friday and finishing in the front group on Saturday’s stage 6 to seal the GC victory over Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-Sram) and Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans).
Pieters topped Leah Kirchmann (Sunweb) and Roxane Fournier (Movistar) to win the sixth and final stage.
Also the overall winner in 2017, Deignan won the 2019 edition of the race less than two months after she returned to racing following a season-long break – she took the 2018 season off for the birth of her first child.
“Grit and determination helped me, I am away from my daughter for a reason, I am here to do a job, and I have a fantastic team around me that I did not want to let down,” Deignan said.
“The perspective you gain from having a year out of professional sport is amazing. My attitude is just about enjoying it, I never had that attitude before, and it’s paying dividends.”
Stage 6 results
1 PIETERS Amy (Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team)
2 KIRCHMANN Leah (Team Sunweb)
3 FOURNIER Roxane (Movistar Team)
4 VOLLERING Demi (Parkhotel Valkenburg)
5 MAJERUS Christine (Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team)
6 GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla (Movistar Team)
7 BRENNAUER Lisa (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling)
8 DEIGNAN Elizabeth (Trek-Segafredo Women)
9 CAVALLI Marta (Valcar Cylance Cycling)
10 MANLY Alexandra (Mitchelton-Scott)
1 DEIGNAN Elizabeth (Trek-Segafredo Women)
2 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna (Canyon SRAM Racing)
3 PIETERS Amy (Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team)
4 MAJERUS Christine (Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team)
5 VOLLERING Demi (Parkhotel Valkenburg)
6 KIRCHMANN Leah (Team Sunweb)
7 BANKS Elizabeth (Bigla Pro Cycling)
8 THOMAS Leah (Bigla Pro Cycling)
9 JASINSKA Malgorzata (Movistar Team)
10 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa (Trek-Segafredo Women)
Froome: ‘The outpouring of support has been really humbling’
In a statement from Team Ineos, Chris Froome has thanked the world of cycling for the support he has received after sustaining serious injuries in a crash during his recon of stage 4 at the Critérium du Dauphiné.
“This is obviously a tough time but I have taken a lot of strength from the support over the last three days,” he said. “The outpouring of support has been really humbling and something I would never have expected.”
The four-time Tour de France winner suffered multiple fractures in the fall, spent several hours in surgery, and now faces a lengthy recovery time. Via the Ineos release, Froome thanked the emergency services and the medical staff at the two hospitals that have treated him since the crash, and went on to say that he is now focusing on his recovery.
Degenkolb says he isn’t expecting to go to the Tour
John Degenkolb, whose emotional Roubaix stage win at the 2018 Tour de France was one of the stories of the race, says he is not expecting to be on the Trek-Segafredo roster for the French Grand Tour this summer, according to radsport-news.com.
“As it stands now, I will not be riding the Tour de France this year,” Degenkolb said, according to the German website. The 2015 Paris-Roubaix winner described Trek’s decision to focus on Richie Porte’s yellow jersey ambitions as one he “fully accepts.”
Evenepoel wins Baloise Belgium Tour
Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s Remco Evenepoel nabbed his first pro victory on Thursday’s stage 2 of the Baloise Belgium Tour, soloing to an impressive victory in Zottegem, and as if that wasn’t enough for a teenage pro, now he counts a stage race overall title on his career palmares. The 19-year-old up-and-comer maintained the lead he had built on the second stage through Sunday’s fifth and final stage to wrap up the overall victory in the UCI 2.HC-rated event.
Lotto-Soudal teammates Victor Campenaerts and Tim Wellens rounded out the overall podium, with Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept – B&B Hotels) winning the final stage.
Phil Gaimon has stayed busy since leaving the peloton, between conquering Strava KOMs and coming up with some new rules for cyclists, but a recent appearance on the track didn’t go the way he’d hoped.
In directing people to donate to a fundraiser to fight child hunger from his hospital bed, however, Gaimon has managed to distill some good out of the situation.
Trek updates lightweight Emonda Disc with a new fork
The latest to join the list is the 2020 Emonda Disc, with new models receiving an updated fork that sees the hydraulic brake line routed internally through the left-side fork blade—you know, like most other modern disc-equipped road bikes. Besides the new fork, some new paint and updated component specifications, it’s business as usual for the current iteration of the Emonda which was unveiled almost two years ago.
Feature Image: The final podium at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2019