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by Matt de Neef
June 20, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Miguel Angel Lopez wins the Tour de Suisse; Lizzie Armitstead wins the Aviva Women’s Tour of Britain; Nairo Quintana victorious in the Route du Sud; Sep Vanmarcke wins the Ster ZLM Toer; Rein Taaramae takes victory in the Tour de Slovenie; The Trans Am and Tour Divide – The chase is on; Update on Keagan Girdlestone’s injuries; Peter Sagan to Bora-Argon 18?; Quintana, Chaves headline stacked Colombian team for the Olympic road race; Sean De Bie’s ‘custom’ leader’s jersey; Scaring Peter Sagan; Behind the scenes at the Tour de Kumano with State of Matter-MAAP; Le Ride – the 1928 Tour de France route on an era-correct bike.
A win on the penultimate stage of the Ster ZLM Toer in the Netherlands has set up Belgium’s Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo) for overall victory.
Vanmarcke was strongest on the uphill finish into La Gileppe, finishing just ahead of cyclocross world champion Wout van Aert as the peloton splintered on the final ascent. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) was third, three seconds in arrears.
The final stage of the five-stage race was a more traditional bunch sprint with local rider Wim Stroetinga (Parkhotel Valkenburg) taking stage honours ahead of stage 3 winner Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Vanmarcke. The end result: overall victory to Vanmarcke ahead of former overall leader Sean De Bie (Lotto Soudal) and stage 1 time trial victor Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo).