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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
Having taken the race lead on Friday when he won stage five to Vaujany, Chris Froome fended off all attempts by his rivals to seize the yellow jersey. On Saturday the Briton and his team rode to control the advantage of a dangerous break by Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) and eventual stage winner Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), ensuring that Bardet didn’t gain enough time to take over at the top.
While Froome was gapped by Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) in the final sprint to the line, he gained time on most of his other rivals and ended the day 21 seconds ahead of Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) and Bardet.
On Sunday Team Dimension Data Steve Cummings pulled off a superb long range move to solo to victory. Froome came under attack from Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) on the penultimate climb and from Bardet on the descent, but he and his team controlled the moves. Martin then beat Bardet in the sprint for second and while Porte, Froome and Contador were slightly gapped inside the final 500 metres, the Briton had enough of a buffer to win outright.
Bardet and Martin picked up bonuses for their top three finishes and ended the race 12 and 19 seconds behind respectively. Porte was bumped down from second to fourth as a result of that gap in the finale.
Click here for a full report and highlights video from stage six and here for an account of what happened on stage seven.