Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 16, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Pozzovivo takes stage 6 and overall lead in the Tour de Suisse; Groenewegen wins stage 2 of Ster ZLM Toer; Sam Bennett wins stage 1 of the Tour of Slovenia; Hindley and Hamilton take Australian one-two on final day of Baby Giro, Sivakov wins overall; Loubet wins stage one of the Route du Sud; Min wins stage 2 of the Tour of Korea; Cavendish returns to action with solid ride on stage one of the Tour of Slovenia; Cookson defends biological passport, reveals existence of two ongoing cases; Varnish angry after publication of British Cycling report; Collins says he doesn’t believe Cookson should be re-elected UCI president; Matthews confirmed to lead Team Sunweb at Tour de France as longlist announced; Video: Peter Sagan rides new Specialized Diverge; Video: Throwback Thursday from the 2016 world championships

Sam Bennett wins stage 1 of the Tour of Slovenia

by VeloClub

After four top-three stage placings in the Giro d’Italia, Irish sprinter Sam Bennett returned to the top step of the podium on Thursday when he won the opening stage of the Tour of Slovenia. The Bora-hansgrohe rider was quickest in the bunch sprint to the line in Kocevje, helped by teammates Lukas Pöstlberger and Rudiger Selig.

“We controlled the race the whole day with Alex pulling together with the other sprinter teams,” said Bennett afterwards. “Because the day was easy in the bunch, the final on the last two laps was especially fast. We lost each other a little with four kilometres to go, but Rafa [Rafal Majka] brought us back up. When we hit the front in the last kilometre, Pösti and Rudi delivered me so fast, I just had to hold the speed to the line. It was a great win after a strong team work. I still feel a little tired after the Giro, but the speed is also still in my legs.”

Bennett beat Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida), Luca Mezgec (Orica-Scott) and the rest of the bunch to the line. Several riders came down a big crash in the closing kilometres, with TV images from the fall showing that the barriers along the roadside had protruding feet, raising the possibility that this was the cause.

Early on nine riders got clear and established a lead of over three minutes. These were gradually hauled back, withe Austrian Matthias Krizek (Tirol Cycling Team) the last to resist. However he too was absorbed with eight kilometres to go.

Bennett’s team then manoeuvred their man into position, avoiding the crash along the way and helping him take his first win since stage three of Paris-Nice.

Stage 1: Koper > Kocevje - Stage Result

Thursday 15th June 2017

1. ie
BENNETT Sam
BORA - hansgrohe
03:49:46
2. it
COLBRELLI Sonny
Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
-
3. si
MEZGEC Luka
ORICA-Scott
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