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Wilco Kelderman moves into Tour de Suisse lead as Geraint Thomas fades

Pieter Weening takes the stage six victory at the Tour de Suisse as Geraint Thomas and overnight leader Pierre Latour are distanced by the group of GC contenders
– Photos by Graham Watson

Wilco Kelderman Moves Into Tour De Suisse Lead As Geraint Thomas Fades

Wilco Kelderman on stage six of the 2016 Tour de Suisse

Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo) moved into the overall race lead in the 2016 Tour de Suisse1 on Thursday after a rain-soaked stage six featuring a summit finish. The 25-year-old Dutchman finished in fifth place behind stage winner and compatriot Pieter Weening (Roompot Oranje Peloton), who had survived from the day s 15-man escape group. Weening s breakaway companions Maximilliano Richeze (Etixx-QuickStep) placed second and Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi) in third.

Wilco Kelderman Moves Into Tour De Suisse Lead As Geraint Thomas Fades

Peter Weening races to win on stage six of the 2016 Tour de Suisse

Stage four winner Richeze put in a phenomenal performance given that his talents lie more as a sprinter than a climber. He now leads the points classification for his efforts.

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British contender Geraint Thomas3 (Team Sky) appeared to be suffering on the tough final climb to Amden, getting distanced by his GC rivals in the final two kilometres and finishing at the same time as overnight leader Pierre Latour, 5-22 down on Weening and 51 seconds down on Kelderman.

Wilco Kelderman Moves Into Tour De Suisse Lead As Geraint Thomas Fades

Tour de Suisse 2016 stage six profile

Kelderman now leads Frenchman Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin) overall, with American Andrew Talansky (Cannondale) putting in a strong ride to move up to third overall at 19 seconds. Thomas slips down to eighth overall at 56 seconds with work to do over the coming days to elevate himself to a podium position.

Wilco Kelderman Moves Into Tour De Suisse Lead As Geraint Thomas Fades

Geraint Thomas on stage six of the 2016 Tour de Suisse

American hope Tejay van Garderen (BMC) was another casualty on the final climb, dropping from the lead group and eventually finishing 28th and just under two minutes down on Kelderman. Several notable riders found the adverse weather conditions and climbing too much, and withdrew from the race. Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Lars Boom (Astana), Kanstantsin Siutsou (Dimension Data) and Tiago Machado (Katusha) were among those who sought sanctuary in their team cars.

Friday s stage seven features another mountain finish, with the riders battling it out up the hors categorie climb to the finish in S lden after 224.3km the longest stage of the race. Then it s on to the key stage eight individual time trial on Saturday, and into the final stage on Sunday.

Tour de Suisse 2016 stage six, Weese Amden (162.8km)
1. Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Oranje Peloton, 4-33-47
2. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx-Quick Step, at 2-37
3. Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice, at 3-57
4. Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale, at 4-13
5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 4-31

Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale, st
7. Warren Barguil (Fra) Giant-Alpecin, st
8. Ion Izagirre (Esp) Movistar, at 4-35
9. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col), at 4-36
10. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha, at 4-39
16. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky, at 5-22
28. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing, at 6-22

Wilco Kelderman Moves Into Tour De Suisse Lead As Geraint Thomas Fades

The peloton climbs the Klausenpass on stage six, which was affected by intermittent heavy rain and fog

Overall standings after stage six
1. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, 22-43-12
2. Warren Barguil (Fra) Giant-Alpecin, at 16s

Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale, at 19s
4. Ion Izagirre (Esp) Movistar, at 34s
5. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col), at 39s
6. Pierre Latour (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale, at 51s
7. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha, at 52s
8. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky, at 56s
9. Gorka Izagirre (Esp) Movistar, at 59s

Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling, at 1-03


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How Steven Kruijswijk’s winter training turned him into a Giro d’Italia contender

LottoNL-Jumbo’s Giro d’Italia leader Steven Kruijswijk has worked hard on becoming a more explosive climber over the winter and it’s certainly paying off

How Steven Kruijswijk’s Winter Training Turned Him Into A Giro D’Italia Contender

Steven Kruijswijk on stage fifteen of the 2016 Giro d’Italia

Steven Kruijswijk s new-found burst of speed is winning him the Giro d Italia1 this month, according to his LottoNL-Jumbo2 team. The Dutchman put 2-10 minutes into favourite Vincenzo Nibali3 (Astana) in Sunday s mountain time trail. With six days to race to Turin on Sunday, he leads with 2-12 over Esteban Chaves4 (Orica-GreenEdge) and 2-51 on Nibali. The difference, according to his director sportive, is that Kruijswijk is now able to be the attacker in the mountains, rather than reacting to other riders attacks like in previous seasons.

He s been working with his trainer, they tried to be less diesel and more explosive, sports director Addy Engels told Cycling Weekly.

His approach was pretty much the same at altitude, but the biggest difference that I see is that he s far more explosive than what he used to be. If you look back to previous Giros, he d lose time when there was an explosive uphill finish in the first week.

Kruijswijk lost time in the rolling, mid-mountain stages in the opening week last year. He improved, however, as the race went on and placed seventh overall behind Alberto Contador5 (Tinkoff). The Neunen-born rider was able to gain time back last year by getting out in third-week breakaways6 and staying with the best climbers on the formidable Alpine mountains, recording several top-five finishes in the final seven stages.

He always improved in the race last year and competed with the best in the last week, but he d lost already too much beforehand, Engels added. The big difference this year is that he s at his top level from the start, more explosive and better able to respond to attacks.

Who is Steven Kruijswijk?

He is now leading the way and shaking cycling s hierarchy with another fresh faced cyclist, Chaves. In the Giro s 14th stage through the Dolomites on Saturday7, he attacked with Chaves and dropped Nibali to take over the race leader s pink jersey. Not only Nibali, but other established cyclists Alejandro Valverde8 (Movistar) and Rigoberto Ur n (Cannondale9) faded.

I don t care about that. If it s a shake up to the hierarchy or not, I don t care. We just want to win, said Engels, who was the sports director at Giant-Alpecin when Tom Dumoulin10 broke through at the Vuelta a Espa a last year.

I didn t predict this, to be honest, but for sure it s good for cycling what happened last year at the Vuelta a Espa a11 and what we see now. The more faces we see on this level the better. But we just want to win. If it s Chaves, Nibali or Valverde behind, it doesn t matter that much.

Last year, Astana and its leader Fabio Aru overhauled Dumoulin in the last mountain day to win the Vuelta. The same threat, again with Astana and again with a Dutchman, exists in the Giro.

Nibali is a scary guy. It s Nibali. I m very happy that we took a big win in the time trial. I didn t expect that, as well.

It s very satisfying, but it s still Nibali.

It s still one week to go and it s still Astana on our heels.


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FDJ boss defends Démare as Milan-San Remo cheating accusations resurface

After Tinkoff’s Matteo Tosatto provides a written statement saying Arnaud D mare cheated to win Milan-San Remo, FDJ manager Marc Madiot fires back

FDJ Boss Defends Démare As Milan-San Remo Cheating Accusations Resurface

Arnaud D mare on the podium of Milan-San Remo 2016 Credit: Yuzuru Sunada

FDJ1 boss Marc Madiot insists Milan-San Remo2 winner Arnaud D mare has already proved his innocencem despite new evidence that the Frenchman took a tow from a car3 in the final stages of the race in March. D mare was involved in a crash at the foot of the Cipressa climb but fought his way back to the front to beat Ben Swift in a sprint for the line4, while pre-race favourite Michael Matthews (Orica-GreeEdge5) didn t make it back. At the time, D mare was accused of holding on to a car up the climb and now Tinkoff6 veteran Matteo Tosatto has provided evidence to the Italian Cycling Federation saying that the Frenchman was illegally assisted.

But Madiot says the fact that D mare uploaded his race data to the internet proves he did nothing wrong and that the allegations are the result of the fact that people can t get to grips with a French team winning the historic race.

From the moment the commissioners of the UCI, the recognised arbiters, validate the outcome of the race, it is closed yes, Madiot told The next day, Arnaud D mare kindly made his Strava8 data available I say graciously because he did not have to that demonstrated that he never rode at 80kph up the Cipressa as the so-called Tosatto seemed to say.

How did Arnaud D mare win Milan-San Remo?

After reports of anti-French feeling in the peloton, Madiot says the French riders have to stick up for themselves more. At the recent Tour de Romandie9, FDJ riders were reportedly intimidated by other riders when they took their place at the front of the peloton.

I think that it belongs to a minority today but the famous insult Crap French has existed for a long time, Madiot continued. Incidentally, I blame French racers for not saying enough about it, for having low profile. The generation of the Sandy Casar or Pierrick Fedrigo was not quite virulent, they have become accustomed to hunker down. Perhaps because they did not feel strong enough on the bike

After all the revelations about doping over the years, those who speak of a mechanical doping. Today, I say stop! Now it s gone! When a French rider is insulted, he has to go see the commissaires and ask for a sanction.

The French have the right, like the others, to do their job in good conditions.


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