Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 17, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Weening wins Suisse stage as GC picture sharpens; Break spoils sprinter’s day at SterZLM Tour; Keukeleire wins Tour de Slovénie opener; Pieters and Vos celebrate in the Aviva Women’s Tour stage 2; Coquard wins Route de Sud sprint; The Trans Am and Tour Divide: Shelter from the storm; Frank leaves Tour de Suisse; Wiggle High5 replaces sport director; Driver appeared asleep before car fatally hit cyclist; Helmet added to Australian ad campaign; Crashes cause cancellation of North Star Grand Prix stage; Off-duty police officer draws gun on cyclist; US criterium champion Huff on being a pro cyclist; On-board for Tour de Suisse, stage 5; Finish line tears at the Tour de Suisse; Behind the scenes with the Giro TV crew

Keukeleire wins Tour de Slovénie opener

by CyclingTips

Jens Keukeleire (Orica-GreenEdge) won the field sprint on the first stage of the Tour de Slovénie, ahead of Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) and Jack Haig (Orica-GreenEdge).

The 178km stage was intended for the sprinters, though short climbs near the finish line gave options for a late-stage attack.

The main break was initiated by Jon Boic (Adria Mobil Cycling) and included Kenny De Ketele (Topsport Vlaanderen), Tilen Finkst (Radenska Ljubljana), Michele Viola (Meridiana Kamen Team) and Mark Canecky (Amplatz-BMC). Their advantage quickly grew to more than five minutes until Lampre-Merida and Dimension Data began to work on the front of the peloton.

The peloton caught the break 15km before the finish. Shortly after, a counter-attack from Pavel Kochetkov (Katusha) and Pavel Brutt (Tinkoff) tried thwart the sprinters, but without success.

Orica-GreenEdge’s strong leadout gave Jens Keukeleire the win with a healthy gap and the leader’s jersey.

Stage 1: Ljubljana > Koper - Stage Result

Thursday 16th June 2016

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KEUKELEIRE Jens
Orica GreenEDGE
04:27:33
2. it
ULISSI Diego
Lampre - Merida
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3. gb
THWAITES Scott
Bora-Argon 18
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