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by Matt de Neef
June 5, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Thomas De Gendt wins stage 1 of the Criterium du Dauphine; Greg Van Avermaet wins the Tour of Luxembourg; Team Sky takes narrow win in the inaugural Hammer Series event; Mathieu van der Poel victorious in the Boucles de la Mayenne; Andrew Suzuki leads the Trans Am Bike Race; Chaves “so happy” to return to racing at the Dauphine; UCI president Brian Cookson announces bid for second term; India launches its first bike-share scheme; Peter Sagan’s newest TV commercial.
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) has continued his terrific 2017 season with overall victory at the Tour de Luxembourg over the weekend.
The Olympic and 2017 Paris-Roubaix champion was consistently strong in the five-stage 2.HC race, taking two stage victories, two second places and a fifth. He’d moved into the overall lead on Saturday’s stage 3 when he took second place behind Anthony Perez (Cofidis).
On the final stage, a series of breakaways was let go then reeled in as the race came back together with 1km to go. On the final climb to the line, Van Avermaet hit the front with 150m to go, powering to the line to win the stage and the tour overall.
“When I came into this race, I was just thinking about improving my form and being a little bit better every day so, I was surprised when I was second in the prologue,” Van Avermaet said. “From there, the expectation to do well came from me. Every day was a parcours suited to me, so it became easier and easier to take a victory and I am really happy to win.
“This might not be a UCI WorldTour race but every victory counts, and it is always good to get into this mindset. But now, the main goal for me is winning a stage in the Tour de France, and that is the most important thing.”