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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.
The plan for Astana had been for Fabio Aru to lead the Giro d’Italia team and Jakob Fuglsang to lead at the Tour de France. But Aru’s knee injury, which saw the Sardinian miss the Giro, means Aru is back in the spotlight ahead of the Tour de France. So what does this mean for team leadership? According to Fuglsang, the two riders will go in as co-leaders.
“I think no matter the outcome of this Dauphiné, we’ll go to the Tour with two captains,” Fuglsang said after winning stage 6. “Many things can happen in the Tour in the first week and it’s never bad to have two guys up there in the front. We will have to try and play that card.
“The important thing is to come good out of this Dauphiné and show we’re on the right track, and not have to stress before the Tour, but prepare with a calm mind.”
Aru showed some impressive signs at the Dauphine on his way to fifth overall, while Fuglsang showed that he too has what it takes to be in the mix at the Tour.
“In 2013 I did seventh on GC [at the Tour], and at the start of the year, my hope was to improve that,” the Dane said. “It’s not an easy goal, to maybe come top five. It’s going be a huge fight at the Tour.”
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