Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 19, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Michael Matthews takes Stage 16 win at Tour de France after crosswinds wreak havoc; Brennauer seals GC victory at Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, Schneider takes Stage 6 win; Degenkolb upset, says Matthews ‘did not hold his line’ in Tour de France sprint; Bad day for Quick-Step at Tour de France as Kittel loses points, Martin loses time, Gilbert abandons; Bennett forced to abandon Tour de France with illness; Zubeldia to end 20-year career at San Sebastian; Cannondale-Drapac team in ‘super-promising’ negotiations with two potential sponsors; Pinarello announces Dogma F10 Disk; Silca reintroduces Pista floor pump, releases 100-year HX-One tool kit; Foundation announced in honor of American Chad Young; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 16 highlights; Video: The moment Michael Matthews realized he’d won Stage 16 at Tour de France.

Brennauer seals GC victory at Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, Schneider takes Stage 6 win

by Jeanine Laudy

The final stage of the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour was a short, 80km road race with start and finish in Gotha. Two 40km circuits would determine the final stage winner of the seven-day stage race, plus the overall winner. With Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM) leading only by 14 seconds over Ellen van Dijk (Dutch national team), and 29 seconds on Hayley Simmonds (WNT), it was going to be a fierce fight.

Attacks flew off the of the peloton in the first hour. A group of four and then a group of ten riders got clear, but both were brought back by the peloton. Brennauer led the peloton across the finish line for the first time, actively defending her yellow leader’s jersey.

An eleven-rider break went clear shortly after the first circuit and was able to gain a significant advantage. It included Silvia Valsecchi and Alison Jackson (BePink-Cogeas), Skylar Schneider (U.S. national team), Maaike Boogaard (Dutch national team), Rushlee Buchanan (UnitedHealthcare), Anna Christian (Drops), Ingrid Drexel (Team Tibco-SVB), Ingrid Lorvik (Norway national team), Sophie de Boer and Eva Buurman (Parkhotel-Destil), and Lucy Kennedy (Australian national team).

Well ahead of the fastest time schedule, the breakaway charged towards the finish line in Gotha. The gap to the peloton went up and down throughout the second lap, but the break was able to hold a tiny advantage until the finish line, with Schneider taking the win on the cobbled finish straight – the fourth stage win by a North American rider this week.

The peloton followed closely and Brennauer secured the overall win in Thüringen ahead of Van Dijk and Simmonds. It’s Brennauer’s first stage race victory since the 2015 Boels Rental Ladies Tour. “I’m really happy, my team did an awesome job,” she said. “I have been so close a couple of times in this tour, but it has never worked out. So I really want to thank my teammates, it has been a team effort.”

Stage 6: Gotha > Gotha - Stage Result

Tuesday 18th July 2017

1. us
SCHNEIDER Skylar
United States
01:51:11
2. ca
JACKSON Alison
Bepink Cogeas
-
3. nz
BUCHANAN Rushlee
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team
-
4. nl
BUURMAN Eva
Parkhotel Valkenburg - Destil Cycling Team
0:02
5. mx
DREXEL Ingrid
Team TIBCO -SVB
-
6. nl
BOOGAARD Maaike
Netherlands
0:05
7. it
VALSECCHI Silvia
Bepink Cogeas
-
8. no
LORVIK Ingrid
Norway
-
9. nl
DE BOER Sophie
Parkhotel Valkenburg - Destil Cycling Team
0:09
10. gb
CHRISTIAN Anna
Drops
-
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