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by Shane Stokes
June 17, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Spilak grabs stage 7 and yellow jersey at the Tour de Suisse, Groenewegen quickest again on stage 3 of the Ster ZLM Toer, Mezgec takes stage 2 of the Tour of Slovenia, Vivani wins stage 2 of the Route du Sud, Sunderland wins stage 3 of the Tour of Korea, Caruso handed two-year ban after positive test for EPO, British Cycling rejects MP’s criticism of federation and Cookson, Varnish’s lawyers suggest British Cycling report was deliberately toned down, Mitchelton-Scott director hails strong Under 23 Giro d’Italia ride, WTB releases Resolute 42 “all-weather” gravel tires, Video: Joe Dombrowski post-race interview from stage 7, Tour de Suisse, Video: Tour de Beauce stage 2, Video: Believe in Yourself – Cycling Motivation 2017, Video: Peter Sagan meets Tacx Magnum Smart, Video: 13-year-old cycling across the US for clean water
Slovenian rider Simon Spilak vaulted into the yellow jersey of race leader in the Tour de Suisse, taking over at the top thanks to a solo stage win on Friday. The Katusha-Alpecin competitor was first to the top of the Tiefenbach Glacier, making his move almost nine kilometres out and dropping Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Drapac).
He eventually hit the line 22 seconds clear of Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), who caught Dombrowski and the moved clear in the long tunnel inside the final two kilometres. The American rolled in 36 seconds behind, while overnight leader Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) finished 12th, two minutes 40 seconds back.
He had previously ridden the Giro d’Italia, taking sixth, and while he was able to win on Thursday, the fatigue of that race appears to have finally caught up with him.
Spilak said after the stage that the weather was a factor in his success. “Immediately from the start this morning I felt that I had good legs. Yesterday it was 30 degrees, but today it was 20 and this is better for me,” he stated. “With seven or eight kilometres to go, I dropped Rein and Joe Dombrowski. Maybe that was too far from the finish, but what else could I do? I had to take the jersey for my team.”
Spilak is now 52 seconds ahead of Caruso and one minute and five seconds in front of the third-placed rider, Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNl-Jumbo). Pozzovivo sits fourth, two minutes 28 second back. Two stages remain in the race but with Saturday’s stage expected to end in a sprint and Spilak believing he should be solid in Sunday’s time trial, he sounds confident in his chances.