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by Shane Stokes
June 7, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Bouwman quickest of breakaway group to win stage three of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Froome to measure himself against GC riders in Critérium du Dauphiné time trial; Dumoulin extends Team Sunweb contract, commits until end of 2021; 2016 runner-up Izagirre in strong condition for Tour de Suisse; Colbrelli extends with Bahrain-Merida; Coquard needs to give ‘guarantees’ to get Tour de France ride; With report looming, British Cycling directors set to be replaced under new reforms; The Dos and Don’ts of Racing; New Iphone operating system to include a safety feature which should protect cyclists; Video: Thomas De Gendt post-race interview, Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné 2017; Video: Respect the riders; Video: Alberto Contador at Teide’s training camp; Video: Hammer Series Chase: Onboard highlights; Video: Why I Love Cycling
Dutch rider Koen Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo) proved best at the end of Tuesday’s third stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, winning a six-man sprint after his breakaway group foiled the peloton. The move went clear inside the first two kilometres of the 184 kilometre stage from Le Chambon-sur-Lignon to Tullins and had enough oomph to fend off the chase behind.
Bouwman showed strength in going from a long way out and holding off the others, beating Evaldas Siskevicius (Delko Marseille Provence KTM), Frederik Backaert (Wanty – Groupe Gobert) and two others to the line. Arnaud Démare led in the peloton 11 seconds later.
“I know that my girlfriend, my parents and my friends were watching. I can’t believe that I got my first pro win at the Dauphiné,” Bouwman said. “It’s a really big race. I came here with the goal of going into the breakaway like yesterday, but it was a really strong breakaway. The six of us were pulling very hard. In the last 20km, we believe we could make it. My team mate [Alexey Vermeulen] pushed hard in the front. We’re a team of very young guys here. Everyone gets his own chance. Everyone wants to break away. Two of us did today and at the end it was perfect for winning.”
Also present in the move were Bryan Nauleau (Direct Energie), Alexey Vermeulen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) and Quentin Pacher (Delko Marseille Provence KTM). These built a maximum lead of six minutes 45 seconds. The bunch wasn’t organised enough in the chase and they stayed clear.
Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) continues to lead overall, 48 seconds ahead of Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) and one minute and three seconds up on Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates).