Your Saturday Daily News Digest

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

Vivani wins stage 2 of the Route du Sud

by VeloClub

One day after the break succeeded, putting Julien Loubet (Armee de Terre) into the race lead as winner of stage one, the bunch had its moment on day two of the race. Team Sky’s Elia Viviani was quickest at the end of the 176 kilometre stage to Saramon, beating Carlos Barbero (Movistar) and Lorrenzo Manzin (FDJ) to the line.

“We focused all the team on the sprint and we pulled with [Michal] Golas first who did a really strong turn with five kilometres to go,” he said. “It was very hot here in the South of France and it’s not easy to pull all day.

“Sergio started the lead out train with 3km to go and then Yogi [Ian Stannard], G and Moscon left me in the perfect position with 200m to go. It’s a special time when I have those guys leading out for me. I’m feeling good, the legs are good and I’m delighted with this second win of the season.”

The stage was marked by a three man breakaway, which had three and a half minutes 75 kilometres from the end. Miles Scotson (BMC Racing Team), David Menut (HP BTP – Auber93) and Pello Olaberria (Euskadi Basque Country – Murias) worked together to fend off the bunch, with Scotson then pushing on alone.

The Australian national champion had a gap of over a minute but this was down to 26 seconds with five kilometres to go. He was recaptured two kilometres later, with the bunch sprint then following.

Loubet finished 38th on the stage, crossing the line in the same group as Viviani, and holds the overall lead. Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing Team) and Mauro Finetto (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) remain second and third, 24 and 32 seconds back respectively.

Stage 2: Espace Loisirs Sor et Agout > Saramon - Stage Result

Friday 16th June 2017

1. it
VIVIANI Elia
Team Sky
04:15:08
2. es
BARBERO CUESTA Carlos
Movistar Team
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3. fr
MANZIN Lorrenzo
FDJ
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