Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

February 4, 2016

Photography by Kristof Ramon, Tim de Waele, Cor Vos

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In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Kittel grabs stage one of Dubai Tour; Will Clarke takes a repeat victory in the Sun Tour’s Southbank prologue; Garfoot victorious on day two of Ladies’ Tour of Qatar; Poels fastest in time trial opener to the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Coquard quickest on day one of Etoile de Bessèges; Kittel hails ‘best possible start’ to season; Cavendish rues second place; Brammeier on hidden motors: “Something seemed a bit weird” at Koppenbergcross; Degenkolb healing steadily, but abandons Classics aspirations; Wiggle High5’s view of stage one of the Ladies’ Tour of Qatar; Amateur takes on Museeuw, competes in race with hidden motor

 

Kittel grabs stage one of Dubai Tour

by VeloClub

He had a season to forget in 2015 but Marcel Kittel showed a clear return to form in his first race of the new season, blasting home first on day one of the Dubai Tour.

Racing in the colours of his new Etixx-QuickStep team, he launched early and held off a bid by Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) to get past him by the line. Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) beat Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) and Andrea Palini (Dubai SkyDive) for third place.

The time bonuses put Kittel into the first leader’s jersey, with a four second buffer over Cavendish and an additional two over Nizzolo.

The day’s break featured six riders, namely WorldTour riders Loic Vliegen (BMC Racing Team) and Marc Soler (Movistar), plus diabetic rider Charles Planet (Novo Nordisk), Martin Mortensen (One Pro Cycling), Jesus Alberto Rubio (Al Nasr Pro Cycling Team Dubai) and Soufiane Haddi (Skydive Dubai).

Haddi won the two intermediate sprints, but was unable to use that speed in the finale as the break was hauled back with ten kilometres to go.

Stage 1: Dubai > Fujairah - Stage Result

Wednesday 3rd February 2016

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KITTEL Marcel
Etixx - Quick Step
20
2. gb
CAVENDISH Mark
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka
10
3. it
NIZZOLO Giacomo
Trek-Segafredo
5
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Feature image taken by Kristof Ramon at Team Lotto-Soudal’s 2016 pre-season training camp in Mallorca in December

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