Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 4, 2016


In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan swaps rainbow stripes for yellow jersey with Stage 2 victory at Tour de France; Rosa Round-up: more Boels-Dolmans success as Evelyn Stevens wins stage 3 and takes pink; Tour of Austria kicks off with uphill prologue and field sprint stage; Cavendish wins opening stage of Tour de France, takes maillot jaune for first time; ‘It was a disaster’: Stage 2 puncture slashes Porte’s chances of Tour de France victory; The walking wounded: Stage 1 of Tour leaves its mark; Contador injured in Tour de France opener: ‘When I place my shoulder in a certain position I am worried’; Bennett soldiers on after stage 1 crash: ‘I could see the bone in my finger’; Mission accomplished: Cavendish completes long campaign to grab Tour yellow; Cookson on ASO-UCI deal, Bahrain team; Tramadol prevalent within the pro peloton, soon to be banned; Tour de France: Stage 2 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 on-board highlights; Tour de France: Stage 2 on-board highlights; How to launch the ‘Manx Missile’

Cherbourg-Octeville - France  - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Peter Sagan (SLK-Tinkoff) - Julian Alaphilippe (FRA-Etixx-QuickStep)  pictured during stage 2 of the 2016 Tour de France from  Saint-Lo to Cherbourg-Octeville, 182.00 km - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2016

Peter Sagan swaps rainbow stripes for yellow jersey with Stage 2 victory at Tour de France

by Michael Better

There were several winners and losers on Stage 2 of the 2016 Tour de France, but none more so than world champion Peter Sagan, who took his first Tour stage win since 2013, and with it, the yellow jersey of race leader for the first time in his career.

The day’s “first loser” would be Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep), who punched his handlebar across the line as her finished second. Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) rounded out the podium in third.

The day’s biggest losers, however, were GC contenders Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and Richie Porte (BMC Racing), who both lost significant time on the classification.  Contador suffered on the final uphill drag to the line after crashing early in the stage; his second crash in as many days at the Tour. Contador lost 48 seconds on the stage, but the day’s biggest loser was Porte,  who punctured inside the final five kilometres. The Tasmanian lost 1:45 on the stage.

The day’s biggest heartbreak goes to young Belgian Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), who rode in the daylong breakaway, attacked solo 8.5km from the line, held a 1600-metre gap with 5km remaining, but was caught inside the final 400 metres.

From there, it was a slow-motion uphill sprint, with the world champion proving strongest.

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Today’s feature image shows the peloton on stage 2 of the Tour de France.

  • MattHurst

    Always love that on board footage, so intense towards the finishes and through road furniture!

  • Dave

    Two very divided teams on display last night.

    BMC supposedly brought two GC co-leaders to the Tour, only for the domestiques to hang the leaders out to dry (Tejay was also isolated with nobody else to help) and burn all their matches working for an unlikely stage win.

    Orica had two contenders for the stage but the domestiques didn’t help either of them.


    The new bland ASO world feed version of Robbie and Matt is disappointing, they are just filling time with no space allowed for detailed analysis, opinions, answering questions on Twitter or anything else interesting. At least with Phil and Paul there is the interest of trying to pick when they stuff up.

    They do far better when they have an SBS producer who gives them some latitude.

    • Neil

      Bang on re: OBE and BMC. Can’t have two GC leaders + go all in on stages like that

    • velocite

      Totally agree about BMC and OGE. Seemed like very weak team performances. Why were Gerrans and Matthews so far back and separated?

      While I agree that the Keenan/McEwen call was not up to the high of their Giro effort, for me it’s still better than anyone else’s. I don’t know what Ligget and Sherwen were watching at the finish of stage 1 – it couldn’t have been the same as the one I was watching; photo finish indeed!

      • Dave C

        They were watching Peter Stuyven of course.

  • Arfy

    Porte’s problem is not the time lost, it’s what’s going on inside his head. You wouldn’t hear Contador or Froome losing time in the first week and calling it “a disaster”, they’re more likely to say “it’s not ideal but there’s a long way to go”. Porte has to get positive and ride in good position out of the wind for the next few days then back himself in the mountains. He’ll lose this Tour in his head before he loses it on the road.

    • Abdu

      Agreed. Intense young chap that he is.

      Cadel had lots of similar issues, especially snapping at journo’s who touched his shoulder or stood on his dog. I wonder if he won eventually because he was able to chill the frock out?

      • helenmjimenez


    • Daniel

      Spot on. Porte has the uncanny ability to turn one bad day into 4 bad days. He just has to look at the Giro, race can completely turn in one day. There is also something in this that 2 years in a row on sperate teams Porte has punctured and every team mate continues up the road. Not sure its lack of team support and more a communication issue with Porte himself.

  • Anthony O’Toole

    The GoPro Video on Cancellara is Flipped! Writing backwards, gear mechs on the wrong side of bikes!

  • Abdu

    No pic of Will Clarke winning at the Tour of Austria, and the story behind his ‘Big Horse’ nickname finally being revealed?

  • Michele

    No podium shot of Will Clarke’s win???


    • jules

      that’s a big win. he looks justifiably excited there

  • Abdu

    I never realised Tinkov means “wanker” in 7 different languages until now.

    I like the way one of his team jumps around and then remembers to come back and hug the boss..

    • Abdu

      And the awkward half smile on the other one, thinking “yeh…sure Oleg”).

  • Abdu

    The only thing about launching the Manx Missile, is that he really didn’t get the lead out from off his DD team mates.

    Lotto Soudal were the main train with 500m to go, then with 350m to go Renshaw peeled off and Cav was kind of lost (having lost his wheel and was looking over at Kittel). Then Sagan made (another) sprinting error and went way too early, letting Cav sit in his slipstream. Cav hit out with probably 100m to go when Sagan was cooked.

    • jules

      yeah – Robbie McEwen was talking on telly last night about how Sagan and Kittel went too early, Cav just sat in and sprung out at the end. experience shone through there, it seems. but it may be a different result when Kittel and Greipel get it right.

    • VerticallyCompliant

      Renshaws full gas lead out was probably intentional to disrupt the full trains of lotto and ettix into burning their men a few hundred meters short. Cav after having years of experience with full nine man lead outs would know exactly how to best disrupt them to his advantage.
      Look for Cav, Renshaw and EBH to be pulling similar moves in the sprint stages to come.

  • Dave

    Good news from Giant-Alpecin last night, which they kind of deserve after what has been a tough year for them.

    They have confirmed they will be making a major sponsorship announcement on the Tour rest day next week, they have re-signed Leah Kirchmann (great move, it feels like she is just around the corner from a big result) and signed young Aussie rider Chris Hamilton to make his professional debut next year.


  • Dave C

    Re. Porte, I find it odd that not one team mate dropped back to help. Aus leader on an American team will always lose out to an American leader when the chips are down.

    • jules

      as Dave mentioned in another post, they had all rolled off after working for GVA – they were behind Porte it seems

      • Dave

        BMC finishing times:

        Van Avermaet +0
        Van Garderen +0
        Porte +1:45
        Caruso +2:10
        … two minutes worth of daylight …
        Moinard +4:16
        Burghardt +4:46
        Schar +5:56
        Bookwalter +5:56
        Dennis +8:15

        Only one of those guys (Caruso) was remotely near being able to help Porte in any way, and that would have required him to wait further up the road for Porte to rejoin as you can’t ride back along the course. If he did wait, he then got badly dropped by Porte so wasn’t much use anyway.

    • Andy B

      At one point post puncture wasn’t Rohan Dennis riding in front of him trying to contribute?
      They probably had nothing left to give, Richie had lit it up pretty hard not long before puncturing.

      • Dave

        Dennis was way off the back.

        • Andy B

          Just watched it again it was Caruso


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