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by Matt de Neef
June 12, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jakob Fuglsang wins the Criterium du Dauphine with final-stage raid; Stefan Kung leads the Tour de Suisse after two stages; Kasia Niewiadoma wins the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Lucas Hamilton up to third overall at the ‘Baby Giro’; Cameron Meyer takes his first win on the road in 2017; Froome sees Porte as Tour de France favourite; Fuglsang and Aru to be Astana co-leaders at the Tour?; Trans Am leadership shifts, Tour Divide kicks off; 68-year-old track cyclist tests positive … again; Sarah Roy’s post-win crash; Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 4 — Mt. Mitchell.
While Jakob Fuglsang was the big winner at the Criterium du Dauphine, winning two stages and the overall, most of the attention is on what the race means for the upcoming Tour de France.
Three-time Tour winner Chris Froome has won the Dauphine each year he’s won the Tour, and this year the Briton could only manage fourth at the key lead-up race. Crucially, Froome looked a little off his best on the climbs, with his former teammate Richie Porte the strongest climber in the race. For Froome, Porte will start the Tour as the man to beat, despite being isolated on the final stage of the Dauphine and ultimately losing his yellow jersey.
“I’d still say that Richie was far and above the strongest man in the race,” Froome said. “He did get caught out tactically, his team did get caught out tactically today, but I still say that he’s the favourite for July and the strongest rider in the peloton at the moment.”
For the first time since 2012, Froome goes into the Tour de France having not won a race earlier that season. Porte, meanwhile, is on career-best form and has six wins to his name in 2017.
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