Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 14, 2016


In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Giro d’Italia: Greipel makes it three in a row for Lotto Soudal; Bouhanni wins Tour de Picardie opener; Prades wins first stage of Grande Prémio Internacional Beiras e Serra da Estrela; American McCutcheon wins opening stage of Tour of Iran; Hidden motors: “Most comprehensive programme of testing ever done” planned for Tour de France; Is Rohan Dennis the favorite to win the Amgen Tour of California? Maybe.; Who is Ilnur Zakarin? The story of Russian cycling’s great hope; Russian insider says state-run doping fueled Olympic gold; Alleged regulation breaches in UCI Asia Tour races; Rolf Aldag on Team Dimension Data, Mark Cavendish, cycling’s past… and the future; Final teams announced for Tour of Utah; Bike checks against technological fraud; fi’zi:k at Team Sky’s house


Giro d’Italia: Greipel makes it three in a row for Lotto Soudal

by Shane Stokes

Showing once again the power that won him stage five, Andre Greipel blasted home first on stage seven of the Giro d’Italia, hitting the line first in Foligno. The success was the third in a row for Lotto Soudal, following Greipel’s triumph in Benevento and Tim Wellen’s mountain-top victory at Roccaraso on Thursday.

Greipel was set up perfectly by his team, although his leadout man Jurgen Roelandts was passed by several teams inside the final 600 metres. One of those was Orica-GreenEdge, seeking to set things up for Caleb Ewan, but the Australian didn’t have the horsepower to hold on and faded to fourth.

Greipel’s momentum was in the other direction, carrying him past several riders and on to the chequered flag. He beat Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo), Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) and Ewan, with Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Matteo Trentin (Etixx-QuickStep) completing the top six.

The latter stepped forward after Marcel Kittel was delayed by a mechanical inside the final six kilometres and lost out on his chance.

“We knew it was going to be a tricky finish with all the corners and the crosswind in the last six kilometres we just tried to keep me out of the wind. The guys did an amazing job. I could save my energy for finding gaps and for launching the sprint.”

Stage 7: Sulmona > Foligno - Stage Result

Friday 13th May 2016

1. de
Lotto Soudal
2. it
Trek - Segafredo
3. it
Lampre - Merida
4. au
EWAN Caleb
Orica GreenEDGE
5. it
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
6. it
Etixx - Quick Step
7. ru
PORSEV Alexander
Team Katusha
8. ru
Team Katusha
9. it
Bardiani - CSF
10. it
Team Sky

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Today’s feature photo shows the peloton on the seventh stage of the Giro d’Italia.

  • Dave

    Connor McCutcheon will be on USADA’s radar after managing to beat those guys!

  • Follow up on the Banyuwangi Tour problems, the overall was duly won by a rider from the team that you suggest should not even have begun statge one

    • jules

      and DQ’d now I believe.

  • Turbo

    Good ol’ Tabriz.

  • velocite

    That story about the Russian state run doping program is a chilling reminder of what autocratic regimes have in place of the rule of law. Probably involved murder…

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