Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 3, 2016


In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Carthy wins overall at Tour of Asturias, Moreno takes final stage; Leaked notes reveal that UCI will restart disc brake trial in June; Jack Haig’s Diary: ‘The WorldTour is no joke’; Stephen Ettinger Diary: Time traveling; Van Avermaet extends with BMC team; Hidden Heroes: road captains and domestiques – Part 1; Dopers could benefit for decades according to new study; Tom Boonen should have made a deal with Mathew Hayman to win Paris-Roubaix, says former winner; Two Teens to cycle 10,000km ‘Beijing to Tehran’ Silk Road for charity; Cross training with Peter Sagan; Video: Inside the peloton at the Tour de Bretagne; Video: On-board angle from start chaos of Red Hook crit; Video: This is where they film Game of Thrones

Carthy wins overall at Tour of Asturias, Moreno takes final stage

by Mark Zalewski

Daniel Moreno (Movistar) took the final stage honours at theTour of Asturias Julio Alvarez Mendo while Hugh Carthy (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) took third, claiming the overall.

The final stage had four mountain passes, with the Alto de Violeo only a few kilometers before the finish line, and featuring leg-breaking ramps of up to 23%. With the early break caught 25km from the finish, the final climb would be the decider.

Carthy attacked at the start of the final climb with teammate Sergio Pardilla and Moreno following behind. Moreno was able to come around the two teammates for the stage win while Carthy was more interested in taking the overall.

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In today’s feature image Danny van Poppel beats Dylan Groenewegen and Nikias Arndt in a close finish on the second stage of the Tour de Yorkshire.

  • muz

    Clearly Boonen has more class than Planckaert, is happy to take his chances and let sport be sport.

    • Dave

      Even if Boonen was interested in buying, I don’t think Hayman or Stannard would have been selling.

      Vanmarcke and Boasson Hagen might have been up for a deal as they didn’t have much left in the tank to contest the win, but I expect Boonen could have guessed that himself.

      • jules

        why make a deal with riders who are already suffering? the idea seems to be to maximise aggregate revenue then split it up. e.g. Lance and $1M pro challenge – which was only available to Lance after he won 1, then 2nd race in the series. but if the prize is the same for all – why would you cut a deal? sure, go the chop to ensure the break stays away and one of you wins (on their merits) and everyone shares the prize, but to make a deal for one person to win doesn’t obviously make sense to me – except for that person.

        • Gavin Adkins

          I reckon ‘go the chop’ is totally Oz. What are the other terms out there for ‘chopping’ prize money in a bike race?

        • Marc

          It still happens a fair bit though. And both can benefit. Take Boonen-Hayman for example. Financially it would have made perfect sense for both of them to strike a deal. Boonen (the fairy tale after his injury, record winner) and Quickstep would have gotten huge publicity and a lot of extra sponsor money out of it. Hayman, although he made a nice story as the super domestique getting a big win, won’t even make a fraction of that. Hayman would still have gotten lots of credit by finishing second and if Boonen had offered him a big sum he was also guaranteed of good money, may be even more than he’d be getting when winning.

          It does happen a lot in pro cycling. One example was a national championship. Two guys in the break, a Worldtour rider and a Pro Continental rider, the Pro Conti rider by far the fastest of the two, the World Tour rider one of the big names of the sport. The Pro Continental rider got ‘dropped’ on the last little rise before the finish (while on occasion almost dropping his companion of the day on some serious hills earlier in the race), but got himself a nice contract the next year in the same World Tour team of the new national champion.

          There are loads of examples. It’s part of (pro) cycling. Like Michele said: it’s a funny sport. But very interesting!

        • Neil

          As someone who has come fairly late to cycling, “the chop” is a huge issue of mine. I can get my head around giving up your own chance for a team mate, but not contesting a finish because I’ve been bought off? I don’t care how out of my depth I am, and whether it’s a local crit or Paris Roubaix, but I hate the idea of it. And I realize its been going on forever.

          • jules

            the chop doesn’t have to mean selling a race to another rider. it can just be an agreement to split prize money between members of a breakaway group, who cooperate until an agreed point (near the finish line), after which, when they are assured of not being caught, they fight for the win.

            • Neil

              I know, still don’t like it.

        • Dave

          Vanmarcke or Boasson Hagen would have accepted a deal as they didn’t have the legs to fight it on merit. There obviously wasn’t a deal though, because the only say they had was to make the sprint messy.

    • jules

      I agree Boonen is classy, but I also bet he thought he didn’t need to make a deal to roll Hayman in the sprint.

      • muz

        Yes, absolutely agree. And if he didn’t get boxed in, twice, he would have won but Stannard and Vanmarke coming around the outside of him totally ruined that plan.

        • donncha

          You can understand a rouleur getting boxed in, but a top class sprinter? That’s his own fault.

      • Dave

        Perhaps that was the case? Made the deal with Stannard 5-10 km out from the finish when he was looking strong, then get plans disrupted by Hayman and Vanmarcke racing for the win?

        Maybe the reason Boonen looked so happy on the podium was that he wouldn’t have to pay 5x his prizemoney to the ugly TeamGB bloke!

  • Lyrebird_Cycles

    Well chosen pic accompanying with the piece on Boonen and Hayman at Paris Roubaix.

    I’d like to believe that the expression on Tom’s face is part and parcel of the sportsmanship that also had him go for the win on his own merits rather than doing a deal.

    • winkybiker

      Absolutely, Boonen seemed genuinely pleased with Hayman’s win. Boonen has some class.

    • Michele

      Totally tongue in cheek .. but how do we know Boonen didn’t make an offer to Hayman?

      I wonder if Eddy gave thought to perhaps Hayman counter-offering Boonen’s offer so he could win instead? Maybe that is why Tom looks genuinely happy. :)

      • JBS

        Just following your line of thought for the hell of it: I wonder what could be offered for Boonen to give up a record breaking 5th win in the race he’s stated is the only reason he’s still a pro cyclist? Which tropical tax haven does Tommy now own?

      • Dave

        More likely that Boonen dealt only with Stannard, and then looked so happy because he wouldn’t have to pay out!

    • Sean

      Hayman was booed by parts of the crowed when he was presented as the winner at the velodrome. Tom is pure class!

  • Connor

    Apart from the prize money/win bonus (no small thing I grant you) that race and its finish and the class TB showed afterwards can only enhance his legacy and legend….and while hard to quantify in hard $ terms can and should payback for the Tornado in the post-peloton years to come. Such is my faith in humanity.

    • Dave

      There’s also the example of what happened to Vinokourov (bought Liege-Bastogne-Liege, then got ridiculed for it) to consider.

  • Michele

    Funny sport this cycling caper:

    PEDs = bad
    Motorised Doping = extremely bad. As low as one can go.
    Buy a race = nothing to see here move on.

    Like to see someone explain the above to a non-cycling loving fan.

    What Eddy suggested is actually illegal to do here in Australia.

    • jules

      as a very amateur racer, I pretty much do not hear about deals these days. there are exceptions but they mostly revolve around teams.

      back in the day I remember I was in a handicap group and we were going to win, someone called the chop. I didn’t know such a thing existed. but it doesn’t seem to happen much these days.

      I don’t have a problem with the chop, as everyone continues racing for the win, it’s buying races off competitors by bribing them to under-perform that I would argue is cheating.

      • Andy B

        In my eyes you’re a star Jules

      • De Mac

        The ‘chop’ still happens and isn’t, to my mind, a bad thing as it motivates all to work hard to try and stay away from Scratch – which is what us lowly riders always aspire to doing in a handicap!

        • Dave

          And that’s why handicaps are no more real than crits!

      • RayG

        Always wondered why the group in front of scratch was called the (chopping) block

    • Callum Dwyer

      Yeah, can’t think of another sport where a commentator suggest competitors should in edge corrupt behavior and no one bats a eyelid.


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