Your Monday Daily News Digest

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.

Rafal Majka climbs to overall victory at the Tour of Slovenia

by CyclingTips

Rafal Majka has wrapped up an impressive Tour of Slovenia for his Bora-hansgrohe team, winning the overall classification as his team snagged three of the four stages, the points classification and the KOM classification.

Majka moved into the overall lead on stage 3, the race’s queen stage, after an aggressive display on the 13.7km stage-ending climb to Rogla. Majka first attacked with 9km to go, being joined by last year’s runner-up Jack Haig (Orica-Scott) and Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida). The Pole kept attacking in the closing kilometres but wasn’t able to get a gap until the very end where he distanced Visconti (second, at three seconds) and Haig (third, 11 seconds) to take the stage win. The trio finished the day in that order on GC.

“I attacked early because I didn’t know the climb and didn’t want to take any risk,” Majka said. “Nobody wanted to cooperate, so I tried it several times. In the end I took the win, and that is important. I am very happy, not just for this win, also because this was a good test after three weeks training in Sierra Nevada. I think I am ready now for the Tour [de France].”

On the final stage, Majka’s Irish teammate Sam Bennett added to his victory on the first day of the race by winning the bunch sprint ahead of Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida). Majka finished comfortably in the bunch, in 17th place, to win the Tour of Slovenia by seven seconds ahead of Visconti. Haig was third, another 10 seconds back — his second overall podium in as many years.

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