Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

June 20, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Miguel Angel Lopez wins the Tour de Suisse; Lizzie Armitstead wins the Aviva Women’s Tour of Britain; Nairo Quintana victorious in the Route du Sud; Sep Vanmarcke wins the Ster ZLM Toer; Rein Taaramae takes victory in the Tour de Slovenie; The Trans Am and Tour Divide – The chase is on; Update on Keagan Girdlestone’s injuries; Peter Sagan to Bora-Argon 18?; Quintana, Chaves headline stacked Colombian team for the Olympic road race; Sean De Bie’s ‘custom’ leader’s jersey; Scaring Peter Sagan; Behind the scenes at the Tour de Kumano with State of Matter-MAAP; Le Ride – the 1928 Tour de France route on an era-correct bike.

Nairo Quintana victorious in the Route du Sud

by CyclingTips

Nairo Quintana’s preparation for the Tour de France appearance to be on track with the Colombian Movistar rider taking out the Route du Sud over the weekend.

Quintana moved into the overall lead on stage 3 when he won the individual time trial ahead of Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) and Imanol Erviti (Movistar). Quintana followed up his stage 3 win with a second place the following day, crossing the line four seconds behind young teammate (and last year’s Tour de l’Avenir winner) Marc Soler who attacked on the final climb. Quintana crossed the line just ahead of British young-gun Hugh Carthy (Caja Rural-Seguros) who also finished four seconds back.

The final stage of the Route du Sud was a considerably flatter affair with Arnaud Demare (FDJ) taking out the bunch sprint ahead of Yohann Gene (Direct Energie) and Stéphane Poulhies (Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre). Quintana finished safely in the bunch to win the race overall by 36 seconds over Soler — his second Route du Sud victory after also winning back in 2012.