Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 11, 2016


In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Giro d’Italia: Ulissi soloes to victory on stage four, Dumoulin recaptures Maglia Rosa; Pendleton denies Sutton’s claims of support towards her; Team Sky supporting Sergio Henao with anti-doping case; 21 year-old Dutch rider dies after heart attacks; FDJ boss defends Démare amid Milan-San Remo cheating accusations; Geniez fined for Giro dust-up, abandons after second crash; the conflict of starting Grand Tours afar; Garmin shifts to sponsor multiple cycling teams; video: The ultimate show of teamwork; video: Anatomy of a sprint stage

Giro d’Italia: Ulissi soloes to victory on stage four, Dumoulin recaptures Maglia Rosa

by Shane Stokes

Diego Ulissi clocked up the first Italian success in this year’s Giro d’Italia, soloing to victory after attacking on the day’s final climb.


The Lampre-Merida rider got clear in a breakaway group inside the final 20 kilometres. These riders were 33 seconds ahead of the bunch and this provided Ulissi with the platform he needed. He crested the climb first and gunned it down the descent and then on to the finish, holding off chasers Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) and Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo).

Ulissi reached the line in Praia a Mare five seconds clear of the Dutch duo, while Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep) led in the chasing group a further one second back.

Overnight race leader Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) got into difficulty in the lumpy finale and lost contact inside the final 20 kilometres. He finished a long way behind, giving Dumoulin the chance to retake the pink jersey.

The stage one time trial winner ended the day 20 seconds ahead of Bob Jungels (Trek-Segafredo) and Ulissi in the general classification. Kruijswijk and Georg Preidler (Giant-Alpecin) are a further four seconds back in fourth and fifth overall.

Stage 4: Catanzaro > Praia a Mare - Stage Result

Tuesday 10th May 2016

1. it
Lampre - Merida
2. nl
Team Giant - Alpecin
3. nl
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
4. es
VALVERDE Alejandro
Movistar Team
5. it
Etixx - Quick Step
6. it
NIBALI Vincenzo
Astana Pro Team
7. ru
Team Katusha
8. it
Wilier - Southeast
9. co
CHAVES RUBIO Johan Esteban
Orica GreenEDGE
10. ie
ROCHE Nicolas
Team Sky
11. ru
12. pl
13. at
Team Giant - Alpecin
14. it
AG2R La Mondiale
15. by
SIUTSOU Kanstantsin
Dimension Data
16. co
URAN Rigoberto
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
17. ee
Team Katusha
18. ru
Team Katusha
19. dk
Astana Pro Team
20. es
Team Sky
21. lu
Etixx - Quick Step
22. it
Astana Pro Team
23. it
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
24. it
Bardiani - CSF
25. es
Team Sky

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Today’s feature image shows the peloton preparing to cross a bridge on the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia, and the first stage in Italy.

  • John_Irvine

    “New evidence is surfacing” – Link?

    • donncha

      There is no new evidence beyond reports of Tossato talking to the police.

      • Dave

        The police? I only heard that he had written a letter to the Italian cycling body which has responsibility for governing domestic-level races.

        He’s talking to the wrong crowd – if he had any credible evidence to back up his claims, he would have gone to the UCI Commissaires’ Panel immediately following the race. That panel would have been dissolved for about six weeks now, with the results accordingly finalised unless there are later retroactive disqualifications for doping or technological fraud.

        • jules

          Demare’s win is tainted, in my view. I don’t know what really happened but it would be odd for riders to be talking about his holding on if it never happened. Of course, stranger things have happened.

          • Dave

            Tosatto’s actions need to be called into question as well. If he really cared about the integrity of the sport, he would have addressed it properly instead of going straight to trial by media.

            If anything more comes of this from the Italian side, I would not be surprised to see a little bit of pushback from the French authorities come July. A 4am visit from anti-doping disrupted your preparation for Contador’s big day at Mont Ventoux? Awww, poor diddums.

        • donncha

          Pretty sure I heard ‘talking to police’ mentioned during last night’s stage on Eurosport. Maybe I misheard.

          • jules

            highly unlikely the police are going to be interested in a rider holding on to a car! he’d be better off going to the EU Parliament, they’d make a rule for it :)

          • Dave

            Perhaps he is helping the police with their enquiries? His actions so far could be construed as blackmail.

            In reality, Kirby was probably just making up shit like usual. All the more reliable sources (which can include and La Gazzetta dello Sport when you’re comparing them to Kirby) say it was the local cycling body.

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  • Alex

    Seems less like “new evidence” and more like reignited discussion. Madiot’s argument that once the race is over the result is set in stone is useless, cheaters (dopers and otherwise) frequently have results stripped from them years after the fact. Trying to trot out BS comments like this as if they are fact is a classic way of misleading an audience. Ever heard a politician say “the fact of the matter is…”?

  • Marcus

    What a humbling and inspiring video – chapeau.

  • velocite

    I really enjoyed that ‘Anatomy of a Sprint Stage’. Cosmo could use that ‘technology’!

    • donncha

      Smart way of getting around the Giro’s rights restrictions :-)

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  • VELOcamp

    Regarding “The Conflict of starting Grand Tours from afar” have a listen to the ever excellent “The (formerly Telegraph) Cycling Podcast”, in particular this week’s Kilometre 0 episode, Home and Away.

    It’s also worth going back to last years Kilometre 0 episodes during the tour, where they had a series of ten fascinating episodes covering many subjects including sponsors, mechanics and the increasing frequency of crashes.

    For the first time they are also covering the Giro, releasing a new podcast after each stage. I would thoroughly recommend.

  • jon

    So Sky is willing to stand behind Henao (for now) and when it was JTL, the ties were severed faster than blink of an eye? That’s fucked up.

    • Bex

      explain the logic to me? JTL was an obvious doper, Sky has already done studies with Henao re: his blood values. Why wouldn’t they treat them differently especially after what they’ve invested in Henao.

      • jules

        yes. they don’t know if Henao is doping or not. he has abnormal blood values. this could be caused by doping, or it could be something that is abnormal, but not doping. like being an altitude native. obviously Sky would stand by their man, until and only if it was proven that he was doping.

      • jon

        Why don’t you explain the logic to me, why is JTL an obvious doper?

        At this point, some have spoke out against the method of establishing a baseline. Shouldn’t JTL received the same benefit of doubt?

    • Dave

      Henao hasn’t yet embarrassed the team with an incredible excuse.


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