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by Shane Stokes
June 10, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Fuglsang wins stage 6 of the Critérium du Dauphiné as Porte takes over yellow jersey; Hosking wins stage 3 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Powless takes opening stage of Under 23 Giro d’Italia; Vos fractures collar bone; Madison and BMX Freestyle Park added to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Programme; Porte: ‘The next two days are going to be super hard’; Froome: ‘I’ve quite a bit of work still to do’; Betancur says he only now understands being at the right racing weight is crucial; Video: Richie Porte – post-race interview, Critérium du Dauphiné stage 6; Video: Chris Froome – post-race interview, Critérium du Dauphiné stage 6; Video: Diverge x Peter Sagan; Video: Michal Kwiatkowski – Best Of; Video: Gear for Worst Retirement Ever – Why I chose ISM, and how to set up an ISM saddle; Video: Barbados Cycling Festival 2017
Although he was third on Friday’s sixth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, Chris Froome has accepted that he is not yet in the shape he needs to be to win a fourth Tour de France. The Team Sky rider was below his best in the time trial earlier this week and, at one point, was gapped by the other climbers on the ascent of Mont du Chat.
“On the mid slopes I was conscious of how far was still to go,” he said. “I knew I still needed to put in a big effort near the top when the big guys went, so I took things a little bit more at my own rhythm and kept something in reserve. I think I’ve still got quite a bit of work to do but things are certainly heading in the right direction. Today’s climb, hopefully, will show that I’m at least on track for July.”
Froome has had a quiet season thus far but is turning things around gradually. He raced hard to try to take his first win of 2017, taking risks on the long, twisting descent towards the finish. “I haven’t done that descent before,” he said. “I haven’t really seen it, and there’s been so much made of that descent, about how dangerous it is. So when I went for it I thought, ‘This could go one of two ways here’. But to be honest it was quite good fun, like playing a computer game. It was fun.”
He was in a good position in the sprint but both Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) were faster.
“I’d be lying if I said I was happy with third in the sprint there,” he said. “I was hoping to get the stage win, but I was probably a bit eager in the last kilometre, doing a bit too much work to catch Jakob Fuglsang. Then I started the sprint a little bit too far out. But all in all I’m happy with how that went. I was up front and the legs were pretty good.”