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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
Over in Switzerland the other big Tour de France warm-up event has been taking place, namely the Tour de Suisse. On Saturday Fabian Cancellara clocked up a home victory in what is his last participation in the event, winning the 6.4 kilometre prologue time trial in Baar.
The Trek-Segafredo rider beat Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Soudal) by one second, and Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) by two. Others such as Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) went off earlier and were affected by wet conditions, leading to them finishing 14 and 19 seconds back.
Cancellara is in his final pro season and said that the victory was of greater importance as a result.
On Sunday’s stage one he rode hard to try to safeguard his leader’s jersey, beating Roelandts in an intermediate sprint to pad his lead with a time bonus. However it proved to be a futile exercise as a split inside the final kilometre – apparently caused when one of Roelandts’ Lotto Soudal teammates intentionally eased back before the sprint – led to Cancellara losing three seconds.
The sprint to the line was won by world champion Sagan, who beat Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Etixx-QuickStep) and Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge).