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

Resurgent Betancur ensures Movistar comes out best on day one of Hammer Series Limburg

by VeloClub

Carlos Betancur has become better known for his disappearances from the peloton and long periods of poor form, but he was in top shape on Friday’s first day of the new Hammer Series Limburg race. The Colombian rider was clearly strongest in the 11 lap, 78 kilometre event, winning seven out of the 11 sprints.

The event is a points-based team competition rather than an individual event, and saw riders clock up points atop the second of two climbs on each lap. Betancur’s dominance saw him clock up almost all of his Movistar team’s 144.8 point total, putting it far ahead of the others.

Second after day one is Team Sunweb on 98.9 points, mostly due to strong performances in the day’s break by Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin. Team Sky is next on 84.7 points, mostly due to Tao Geoghegan Hart’s strong riding. Although he crashed in the second half of the race, his early points scoring put Sky third.

“I’ve worked hard during the past weeks, with some altitude training in Andorra, adding lots of mileage to my account this year and trying to get ready for this important part of the season,” said Betancur. “A squad like this always requires from you to be really fit and consistent. The team is helping me out a lot to get back on track, and the results from the work we’ve done lately are really showing today.”

The race format sees it continue with the Hammer Sprint tomorrow and the team time trial-based Hammer Chase on Sunday. Movistar’s performance on Friday saw it pick up 15 bonus seconds, with Sunweb next on 12 and Sky on 10.

Stage 1: Vaals > Vaals - Stage Result

Friday 2nd June 2017

Movistar Team
Team Sunweb
Team Sky