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.

Silvan Dillier wins the Route du Sud

by CyclingTips

A strong ride in the stage 3 breakaway at the Route du Sud has paved the way for overall victory in the French stage race for Switzerland’s Silvan Dillier (BMC).

Dillier was second overall when he got himself into a large breakaway group that got clear 20km into stage 3 of the four-stage race. Dillier took bonus seconds on the mountainous stage, which featured the Col du Tourmalet, getting into an elite selection with Gianni Moscon (Sky) and Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac). Being high on GC, Dillier was left to do most of the work, before the attacks started in the final 5km to the summit finish.

Rolland went on to take the stage solo, Moscon was second, and Dillier was fifth, with Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) just ahead. That result put Dillier into the overall lead, albeit just one second clear of Carapaz.

The final stage of the race was decidedly less mountainous and it was Tom Scully that secured back-to-back stage wins for Cannondale-Drapac. The New Zealander proved too strong in the bunch sprint, ousting Matthias Le Turnier (Cofidis) and Jerome Mainard (Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre) while Dillier finished 22nd to secure his first stage race victory since joining the pro ranks.

“Route du Sud was never a race I thought I would win with all of the climbs. Finally, I succeeded in doing it,” Dillier said after stage 4. “There were not too many dangerous guys in the breakaway because of the big time gaps so we let a really good group go. We could relax a little bit knowing that none of the guys in front were a threat. But, we still had to be focused for the finish on the circuit to make sure there were no splits.”

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Sunday 18th June 2017

1. ch
DILLIER Silvan
BMC Racing Team
17:11:09
2. ec
CARAPAZ Richard
Movistar Team
0:07
3. fr
EL FARES Julien
Delko Marseille Provence KTM
1:44
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