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by Shane Stokes
June 9, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bauhaus wins stage five of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Pieters sprints to victory on stage two of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Modolo wins GP Canton d’Argovie-Gippingen; BMC Racing Team rejects Froome transfer rumour as ‘a complete lie’; De Gendt says he expects to lose the yellow jersey; Bardiani Valvole and CSF Inox to sponsor Baby Giro; Chavanel signs up for one more year with Direct Energie; The man behind the Maglia Rosa: An insiders’ view of Tom Dumoulin; Video: Hammer Sportzone Limburg – Race highlights; Video: Inside the BMC Team Car in final kilometre of Dauphiné time trial
He has been race leader of the Critérium du Dauphiné since winning the opening stage last Sunday, including successfully defending his yellow jersey in Wednesday’s time trial, but Thomas De Gendt isn’t hopeful of hanging on any longer.
“I’m glad to still be in the lead after today’s stage but I expect to lose the jersey tomorrow,” he admitted after Thursday’s fifth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. “It’ll be an easy stage until the bottom of the climb. Then it’ll be a big war for GC.
“I suppose guys like [Esteban] Chaves who are behind on GC will try to go. There’s a descent after the big climb [Mont du Chat]. I don’t think the GC contenders will let me go in a breakaway. They know that I can go far in the mountains. But on Saturday and Sunday, something else can happen.”
De Gendt will begin Friday’s stage 27 seconds ahead of Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) and 51 in front of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team). Defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) has suggested that he will ride aggressively in order to try to get back the time he lost in the time trial, and others will be similarly aggressive.