Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 16, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Pozzovivo takes stage 6 and overall lead in the Tour de Suisse; Groenewegen wins stage 2 of Ster ZLM Toer; Sam Bennett wins stage 1 of the Tour of Slovenia; Hindley and Hamilton take Australian one-two on final day of Baby Giro, Sivakov wins overall; Loubet wins stage one of the Route du Sud; Min wins stage 2 of the Tour of Korea; Cavendish returns to action with solid ride on stage one of the Tour of Slovenia; Cookson defends biological passport, reveals existence of two ongoing cases; Varnish angry after publication of British Cycling report; Collins says he doesn’t believe Cookson should be re-elected UCI president; Matthews confirmed to lead Team Sunweb at Tour de France as longlist announced; Video: Peter Sagan rides new Specialized Diverge; Video: Throwback Thursday from the 2016 world championships

Loubet wins stage one of the Route du Sud

by VeloClub

The Continental team Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre racked up another big success on Thursday, following up on its recent stage win in the Skoda Tour of Luxembourg with victory on day one of the Route du Sud. The 32-year-old Frenchman Julien Loubet soloed to victory into Saint-Pons de Thomières, with BMC Racing Team rider Silvan Dillier outsprinting Mauro Finetto (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) and six others for second.

Dillier was active all day, sparking off a three man break after 12 kilometres of racing. He was joined by Loubet and Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Vital Concept), and later pushed on ahead alone. However just inside 40 kilometres to go Loubet and others got up to him as part of a chase group. Loubet then attacked with two climbs remaining, and held on to grab the stage win. The peloton rolled in almost six minutes back.

Dillier said that he and others were greatly affected by the day’s heat, and estimates he drank 10 litres. “I felt really good,” he said, speaking about how the break formed. “I never expected to finish so far ahead of the peloton. Some guys attacked on the first climb and eventually joined us in the final and I expected them to go really hard on the last climb, to fight it out for the stage win, but they never did.

“I followed until the last kilometer of the final climb and then tried to force the split in the downhill to catch Loubet. We didn’t catch him and the rest of the group caught on me on the finish line”

He is second overall heading into Friday’s stage to Saramon, where he anticipates a bunch sprint will settle the stage.

Stage 1: Villeveyrac > Saint-Pons-de_Thomières - Stage Result

Thursday 15th June 2017

1. fr
LOUBET Julien
Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre
04:31:53
2. ch
DILLIER Silvan
BMC Racing Team
0:22
3. it
FINETTO Mauro
Delko Marseille Provence KTM
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