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by Matt de Neef
June 19, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Simon Spilak wins the Tour de Suisse; Silvan Dillier wins the Route du Sud; Jose Goncalves victorious at Ster ZLM Toer; Rafal Majka climbs to overall victory at the Tour of Slovenia; Kyeongho Min takes out the Tour de Korea; Siutsou to miss Tour de France after breaking leg; Operacion Puerto athletes might never be named; How to avoid a crash; Tour de Korea theme song.
Portugal’s Jose Goncalves (Katusha-Alpecin) has taken overall honours at the Ster ZLM Toer in the Netherlands after winning stage 4 of the five-stage race, then further extending his lead on the final day of racing.
Goncalves was part of a successful breakaway on a lumpy fourth stage and eventually arrived at the final kilometre with just Laurens De Plus (QuickStep Floors) for company. Goncalves was able to shed his Belgian companion to take the win and move from 17th overall up to first, ahead of prologue time trial winner Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo).
Goncalves took an eight-second advantage into the final stage; a stage that looked perfect for the sprinters. The race did indeed come down to a bunch kick, with Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) taking stage honours ahead of Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal).
Goncalves took three bonus in an intermediate sprint and then finished 13th on the stage, ensuring he’d win the race overall.
“I am very happy. This is my first GC win for this tour and I want to thank my team for everything they did,” he said. “They were very strong today and did such a good job.”