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by Shane Stokes
June 7, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Bouwman quickest of breakaway group to win stage three of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Froome to measure himself against GC riders in Critérium du Dauphiné time trial; Dumoulin extends Team Sunweb contract, commits until end of 2021; 2016 runner-up Izagirre in strong condition for Tour de Suisse; Colbrelli extends with Bahrain-Merida; Coquard needs to give ‘guarantees’ to get Tour de France ride; With report looming, British Cycling directors set to be replaced under new reforms; The Dos and Don’ts of Racing; New Iphone operating system to include a safety feature which should protect cyclists; Video: Thomas De Gendt post-race interview, Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné 2017; Video: Respect the riders; Video: Alberto Contador at Teide’s training camp; Video: Hammer Series Chase: Onboard highlights; Video: Why I Love Cycling
Currently sitting 12th overall, one minute and nine seconds behind the race leader Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Chris Froome has said he is uncertain about taking yellow on Wednesday but is focussed on riding as strongly as possible.
“It’s going to be a huge dynamic of the race here,” he said, speaking about the 23.5 kilometre time trial from La Tour-du-Pin to Bourgoin-Jallieu. “Whoever gets time tomorrow in terms of the GC battle won’t necessarily have to go on the offensive in the following days.
“It’s an important milestone in this week’s race, but it’s also an important test in terms of the Tour de France. We’ve got a very similar kind of prologue in Dusseldorf, and a similar time trial in Marseille at the end of the Tour. It’s good practice and a good hit out ahead of that.”
The British Team Sky rider has had a relatively quiet season thus far. He finished sixth in the Herald Sun Tour, second on a stage in the Volta a Catalunya, and fifth on a road stage in the Tour de Romandie. He was also ninth in the time trial there.
“Hopefully the TT will go better than it went in Romandie,” he said. “I think Tony Martin is definitely going to be the man to beat. I’ll be looking more at the GC guys and measuring myself against them. De Gendt has a minute which I’m not sure is possible (to take back) in a time trial like that. Lots of riders look to be in good shape, so it’s going to be a big battle this week for sure.”