Moreno Hofland (NLD/LottoNL-Jumbo) pushing through the foul weather on a cobbled section

GP Samyn 2016

Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

March 17, 2016

Photography by Kristof Ramon & Cor Vos


In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Timothy Dupont wins the 71st edition of Nokere Koerse; Opinion – Why Van den Driessche’s decision to walk away from cycling is a regrettable one; How not to organise a bike race – The ongoing chaos of the inaugural Tour of Sarawak; Campagnolo reveals prototype disc brakes; Campagnolo announces new mid-range Potenza groupset; Former pro Phil Zajicek loses arm after vehicle collision in Colorado; Extra security to feature at this year’s Tour of Flanders; Delayed season start working wonders for Michael Matthews; Cheung King Lok signs with Orica-GreenEdge; Why are elite athletes using Meldonium, a drug meant for the elderly?; ‘El Ciclista Futurista’ – Nairo Quintana’s high school ceramics sculpture; Trek-Segafredo looks forward to the cobbled Classics; Exploding airbag bike prank; Adam Hansen to skip the Giro d’Italia?

Nokere - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Timothy Dupont (Veranda's - Wllems) wins Nokere Koerse - Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Joker) second - Dylan Groenewegen (Netherlands / Team LottoNL - Jumbo) -  pictured  during  the 71st Nokere Koerse cycling race with start in Deinze and finish in Nokere in Nokere, Belgium  - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2016

Timothy Dupont wins the 71st edition of Nokere Koerse

by Matt de Neef

Timothy Dupont (Verandas Willems) has won the uphill bunch sprint to claim victory in the Belgian mid-week semi-classic Nokere Koerse.

In a race that featured seven WorldTour teams it was the Belgian Continental team Verandas Willems that took the spoils as Dupont outpaced Team Joker’s Kristoffer Halvorsen and LottoNL–Jumbo’s Dylan Groenewegen in the dash for the line.

There had been a breakaway setting the pace earlier in the day but those riders were accounted for as the race approached its conclusion. Cofidis, Bora-Argon18 and Sky did much of the pacemaking in the final kilometres. But in the sprint it was Dupont that burst clear of the bunch in the closing metres, winning with a bike throw.

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Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon and shows Moreno Hofland battling the elements in the GP Samyn earlier this season.

  • I don’t know how others feel about those prank videos, but I don’t find it amusing to watch a bunch of white guys set up and effectively injure those less fortunate than themselves. Where’s the comedy in that?

    • Andy B

      agreed, is it really stealing if someone leaves a bike unsecured with no one around?
      That’s asking for it to be stolen

      Surely those sorts of pranks will backfire heavily one day

      • Neil_Robinson

        yes, it is still stealing/theft.

    • jules

      I’ve passed many ‘abandoned’ bikes and thought “I should take this, give it a once-over and donate it to one of those bike charities” but then I think “but am I stealing it?” and also “if I bring another bike home – I’m pretty sure that meant divorce”. but I agree with Andy that leaving a bike around unsecured and with no sign of the owner moves into a grey-ish area. I wouldn’t take it but it can’t stay for time immemorial. #overanalysing

      • Adrian

        So the bag I found lying around in the gutter on the weekend with over $2000 of someone else’s money in it. Unsecured. No owner visible. It’s mine then? Why is an unlocked bike any different? Just because you can’t see an owner doesn’t mean there isn’t an owner.

        • jules

          good on you for putting it back then ;)

    • Hazeljjackson3

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    • david__g

      Agreed. Awful, unfunny videos.

      • Abdu

        Looking at the guys stealing the bikes, they don’t look like the type who deserve this sort of treatment. Most look homeless and disadvantaged, pretty sure they’re not stealing the bike for fun. Not funny for me.

  • Neil

    So, what sponsor is OGE about to announce?

  • jules


    “getting up on the LH side of bed WORKING WONDERS FOR MICHAEL MATTHEWS”

    “wearing the same unwashed knicks since January WORKING WONDERS FOR MICHAEL MATTHEWS”



    • The fine line individual athletes (i know it’s a team sport) tread between professional self focus and self centredess/self at the expense of others……

      One thing cycling should do is put the whole team on the podium when one member places. They always talk about how their team helped them so why not walk the talk? …. I know the media would hate this.


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