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

Contador insists he’s still on course for top form in the Tour de France

by VeloClub

Finishing fifth overall behind Chris Froome (Team Sky) might not seem like the ideal outcome in the Critérium du Dauphiné, particularly when he won the opening stage and wore the leader’s jersey for much of the race, but Alberto Contador insisted afterwards that he was leaving the race with high morale.

Critérium du Dauphiné 2016 Prologue

The Spaniard attacked several times on the final stage in a bid to shake off Chris Froome (Sky) and the other contenders, but was unable to open a lasting gap.

“I tried my best until the very end, on the last climb, which was long and quite windy. In the previous climb, which was shorter but steeper, I tried to attack as well but I still don’t have the rhythm. I saw that Sky started pulling but we decided to keep our pace and we saw them one by one being dropped until Froome was left alone.”

According to directeur sportif Steven De Jongh, his move almost succeeded. He certainly put the other big guns under pressure, and said that he was satisfied.

“I am very happy with the way I feel and I think my preparation couldn’t have been better,” he said. “In the end I finished fifth but that doesn’t bother me. Second or fifth doesn’t change anything because the goal was to keep improving my form. We achieved it as we also scored a stage win on a day in which one could assess if he legs were strong or not.

“I’m happy and very motivated to recover, assimilate the work done here and reach the Tour in optimal form.”