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by Shane Stokes
June 13, 2016
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Chris Froome wins the Critérium du Dauphiné; Cancellara and Sagan triumphant on opening weekend of the Tour de Suisse; Jolien D’hoore takes third consecutive Flanders Diamond Tour; Groenewegen quicker than Griepel in the Rund um Köln; Dehaes beats Boonen to win Ronde van Limburg; Porte blames near-crash for drop from second to fourth overall; Bardet celebrates second overall in race; Contador insists he’s still on course for top form in the Tour de France; Giant-Alpecin leading race to sign Matthews; Gesink crashes out of Tour de Suisse; Two Wanty Groupe Gobert riders withdraw from Dauphiné over cortisol values; Suspected bike thief lassoed by Oregon cowboy; Martyn Ashton shrugs off paralysis to shine on the Fort William downhill course; Tour de Suisse 2016 Prologue: Onboard highlights; Alaphilippe shows off his skillz
Winning a big gallop to the line in Cologne, Dylan Groenewegen triumphed in the 1.1-ranked Rund um Köln on Sunday. He beat Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal), Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin) and others to the line, following on from stage wins this year in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen and the Tour de Yorkshire.
The closing kilometres of the race saw Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team) try to scoop a win, but he was hauled back by the sprinters’ teams.
“It was a great day for me, and for the team,” said Groenewegen. “Such sprints give you a lot of confidence, we worked hard on the lead-out train. At six kilometres to go, we began the lead-out and in the last hundred metres, I went all out.
“I was put into place perfectly. The sprint was actually perfect, this is something that we worked on all year, to deliver these sprints. We have great photo now, with me next to Greipel on the podium.”