Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 13, 2016

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Chris Froome wins the Critérium du Dauphiné; Cancellara and Sagan triumphant on opening weekend of the Tour de Suisse; Jolien D’hoore takes third consecutive Flanders Diamond Tour; Groenewegen quicker than Griepel in the Rund um Köln; Dehaes beats Boonen to win Ronde van Limburg; Porte blames near-crash for drop from second to fourth overall; Bardet celebrates second overall in race; Contador insists he’s still on course for top form in the Tour de France; Giant-Alpecin leading race to sign Matthews; Gesink crashes out of Tour de Suisse; Two Wanty Groupe Gobert riders withdraw from Dauphiné over cortisol values; Suspected bike thief lassoed by Oregon cowboy; Martyn Ashton shrugs off paralysis to shine on the Fort William downhill course; Tour de Suisse 2016 Prologue: Onboard highlights; Alaphilippe shows off his skillz

Bardet celebrates second overall in race

by VeloClub

Jumping up to third overall when he was runner-up on Saturday’s sixth stage, Romain Bardet made further progress in the general classification on the final day of the Critérium du Dauphiné. He finished second overall in the WorldTour race, just 12 seconds behind Chris Froome.

Critérium du Dauphiné 2016 stage 7

“It’s a satisfaction to end the Critérium du Dauphiné this way,” he said. “Saturday, our performance was not rewarded [he was beaten for the stage win by Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and also missed out on yellow – ed.]. To be on the podium is a satisfaction for everyone.

“We are on a good trend for Tour de France. We did hard work in training camp in Spain. Now there are some more things to improve before Tour de France.”

The 25 year old is regarded as one of French cycling’s biggest hopes for the future. He was sixth in the 2014 Tour de France, and last year won stage 18.