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by Shane Stokes
June 17, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Spilak grabs stage 7 and yellow jersey at the Tour de Suisse, Groenewegen quickest again on stage 3 of the Ster ZLM Toer, Mezgec takes stage 2 of the Tour of Slovenia, Vivani wins stage 2 of the Route du Sud, Sunderland wins stage 3 of the Tour of Korea, Caruso handed two-year ban after positive test for EPO, British Cycling rejects MP’s criticism of federation and Cookson, Varnish’s lawyers suggest British Cycling report was deliberately toned down, Mitchelton-Scott director hails strong Under 23 Giro d’Italia ride, WTB releases Resolute 42 “all-weather” gravel tires, Video: Joe Dombrowski post-race interview from stage 7, Tour de Suisse, Video: Tour de Beauce stage 2, Video: Believe in Yourself – Cycling Motivation 2017, Video: Peter Sagan meets Tacx Magnum Smart, Video: 13-year-old cycling across the US for clean water
Fastest on Thursday’s second stage, Dylan Groenewegen was best once more on Friday’s third leg of the Ster ZLM Toer. The LottoNL-Jumbo rider outsprinted Lotto-Soudal duo André Greipel and Moreno Hofland to the line in Buchten, lifting the flowers once again.
“It was a nice win,” the Dutchman said. “It was a quite hectic final. Sometimes, the timing is a bit off, but today everything went well and 175 metres before the finish line, they put me in great position.”
“For the second day in a row, the sprint train worked really well. Robert Wagner did a very fast lead-out, I only had to continue with that speed and no one was able to come over me. Most of these guys here have a chance to be in the Tour de France, and I wanted to be in top form to test myself before heading there in July.”
His teammate and stage one winner Primoz Roglic continues to lead overall. He is three seconds ahead of QuickStep Floors duo Marcel Kittel and Maximilian Schachmann heading into Saturday’s hilly 186 kilometre race to La Gileppe (Jalhay).
Sports Director Marijn Zeeman is pinching himself after the success the team has had thus far. “Unbelievable. I have never experienced this before, winning the first three stages of a race.” He said that building the sprint aspect of the team is a big priority, particularly as the goal is to win a stage of the Tour. “We want to head to the top with Dylan. In the Ster ZLM Toer, we are optimising our sprint train and putting conviction into it. A win already this year in the Tour would be welcomed.”