Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 3, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet wins stage two of Skoda Tour of Luxembourg, Drucker holds race lead; Resurgent Betancur ensures Movistar comes out best on day one of Hammer Series Limburg; Prologue winner Le Bon takes stage one of the Boucles de la Mayenne; Despite quiet season, Froome confident ahead of Dauphiné; Former race winner Talansky spearheads Cannondale-Drapac in Critérium du Dauphiné; Martin the designated leader of Quick Step Floors team at the Critérium du Dauphiné; Cannondale-Drapac team plays down talk title sponsor is leaving; Laws speaks about living, and riding, with cancer; Critérium du Dauphiné set to race Alpe d’Huez from a new direction; Blythe says he was forced to apologise to dangerous driver; Ultracycling legend Mike Hall’s ashes being transported on poignant final journey; Lucy Kennedy awarded twelfth Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship; Wanda Sport’s Ironman further expands cycling involvement with purchase of Competitor Group Holdings; Video: JLT Condor Pro Cycling Team; Video: onboard graphics from the Hammer Series

Prologue winner Le Bon takes stage one of the Boucles de la Mayenne

by VeloClub

Having won the prologue on Thursday, FDJ’s Johan Le Bon doubled up with victory on stage one of the Boucles de la Mayenne on Friday. The Frenchman took victory in the yellow jersey, hitting the line four seconds ahead of Mathieu Van der Poel (Boebank – Corendon), Clément Venturini (Cofidis) and the rest of the bunch. “I did not expect it, it’s a great victory,” he said.

The 26-year-old had shown his strength with a two seconds beating of Venturini in the prologue, with Van der Poel a further second back in third. Friday’s stage one was marked by a four man break containing

Héctor Saez (Caja Rural), Gatis Smukulis (Delko-Marseille 13), Bernardo Suaza (Manzana-Postobon) and Roland Thalmann (Roth-Akros). These build a lead of four minutes and, after this was whittled down to under a minute, Van der Poel and Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) jumped across the gap and then pushed onwards.

This spelt danger for Le Bon, but his FDJ team chased hard and limited the break’s advantage to 20 seconds. With seven kilometres to go Le Bon then put in an effort and helped drag the peloton up to the leaders. He then played his own card in the finale, darting clear and soloing to the line.

“It’s a great pleasure, a great satisfaction,” he said. “I did not expect that. It’s a great victory. I always wanted to win by attacking in the final.”

Stage 1: Renault Saint-Berthevin > Ernée - Stage Result

Friday 2nd June 2017

1. fr
LE BON Johan
FDJ
04:29:21
2. nl
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
Beobank - Corendon
0:04
3. fr
VENTURINI Clément
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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