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by Matt de Neef
June 6, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Alberto Contador wins tough Dauphine prologue; Megan Guarnier victorious in the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic; Maurits Lammertink crowned Tour de Luxembourg winner; Oscar Pujol wins the Tour of Japan; Tour de Korea opener won by Jon Aberasturi; Keagan Girdlestone in a critical condition after collision with team car; Tinkov – BMC and Katusha could soon shut up shop; Dumoulin and Martin on the Dauphine uphill prologue; The Mt. Fuji stage of the Tour of Japan; Adam Phelan Weekly: Training in Girona.
Boels-Dolmans’ domination of the inaugural Women’s WorldTour continues with Megan Guarnier taking out the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic on Sunday. The U.S. national road champion sprinted to victory at the top of the infamous Manayunk Wall, easily distancing second-placed Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) and third-placed Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM).
“It’s a surprise win because I didn’t expect to win today, Guarnier said. “I went with a kick at the end, and ooh la la, no one followed me.”
Raced over six laps of a tough 19.7km course, the race featured several breakaway groups but was eventually back together ahead of the final lap.
The win is Guarnier’s fifth for the year (not including her U.S. nationals victory) and sees her extend her lead in the Women’s WorldTour individual rankings. Boels-Dolmans has now won seven of the nine events in the Women’s WorldTour.
In the UCI 1.1 men’s race, Eduard Prades (Caja Rural-Seguros) sprinted to victory from the bunch after a 14-rider breakaway was caught with one lap to go.