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by Shane Stokes
June 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Démare sprints to victory on stage two of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Stephens soloes to Dirty Kanza victory, Tetrick wins women’s race in record time; Recovering Kristoff accepts second place; Martin: “I feel good”; Cavendish to return to racing at the Tour of Slovenia; Frustrated Viviani could leave Team Sky over racing programme; Bahamontes’ unusual pathway to pro cycling; Self-driving cars have ‘frightening’ inability to spot cyclists; Video: Critérium du Dauphiné 2017 Stage 1 – Onboard GoPro Highlights; Video: Junior Womens Track Cycling
Although he has been hampered by a slight illness in the race, Alexander Kristoff took the runner-up slot on Tuesday on stage two of the Criterium du Dauphine. He was led out by teammate Rick Zabel, but finished two lengths behind the dominant winner Arnaud Démare.
Given the circumstances, Kristoff said he was content with the result. “I must be happy that I took a second place. The team did a really good job. Zabel got the lead the last kilometre. I felt quite good despite having had a cold which still lingers,” he said. “My shape was good before I got sick, but today I felt a bit better and my results prove I’m not that sick now.”
The team’s general manager José Azevedo was also accepting of the result. “In the end this was a good result for Alex. He’s been a little bit sick in the days before this race so he doesn’t start with his best condition,” he said.
“He woke up feeling better today. This is why during the day we did not assume any responsibility for the race. The team did a good job, putting up a perfect lead out but in the last meters Démare was just faster. We will try again tomorrow.”