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Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

February 5, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Viviani wins stage 2 of the Dubai Tour, takes overall lead; Van Dijk claims stage 3 of the Ladies Tour of Qatar; Kennaugh and Froome take Sky one-two at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour; Dan Martin claims first win in Etixx-QuickStep colours; The map-makers – Designing the Tour de France route; Launching into the sky – exclusive interview with Fabio Aru; Koen de Kort’s way of deciding whether to get in a breakaway; Driver reverses at a group of cyclists; Highlights from stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Qatar; What you might have missed.


Viviani wins stage 2 of the Dubai Tour, takes overall lead

by Matt de Neef

Elia Viviani (Sky) has won a crash-marred second stage of the Dubai Tour, taking the overall lead in the process. Viviani’s fellow Italians Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) were second and third respectively.

Dubai Tour 2016 - stage 2

“Yesterday I opened my sprint too early and was left alone with no teammate with 1km to go,” Viviani said. “I’m less fast than sprinters like Kittel and Cavendish, so to have a chance to beat them, I need everything to be perfect.”

Stage 2 of the four-stage race featured a breakaway of four riders who got clear early in the 183km effort. But with the big sprinters keen for another dash to the line, the break was caught in the closing kilometres.

A crash at the end of an underwater tunnel inside the final kilometre appeared to scupper the chances of stage 1 winner Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) and runner-up Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data).

“When we came out of the tunnel, a guy from skydive Dubai, I don’t know his name, he turned right and, bam. I had to brake, and it was an uphill,” Cavendish said. “It’s just sketchy. Too many risks being taken. A lot of teams… too many risks.”

Stage 2: Dubai > Palm Jumeirah - Stage Result

Thursday 4th February 2016

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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and was shot at the Dubai Tour.

  • For those that didn’t see it late last week, here’s a sad piece of news from the world of BMX and triathlon. http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/02/news/dave-mirra-dead-of-apparent-suicide_128058

    • Andy B

      One of my childhood heros
      very sad news indeed

      Dave Mirra was an innovator and did huge things for bmx :)

  • MK

    why do riders win races by points now and not time?

  • Abdu

    As usual, Andrew Christie-Johnson seems to be the smartest and most level headed bloke there.

    • Paolo

      I guess some riders have their reputation and when they are treated the way they normally treat people they often can’t cope with it. Respect in cycling is earned with your legs. If , in the big world of pro cycling, you’re not much more than a glorified weekend warrior you shouldn’t act like you’re world numero uno .

      • jules

        I think Shawy was entitled to give as good as he got. Kennaugh has a reputation and if he was relying on his profile for others to cop it sweet then I’m glad Shawy gave it to him. but we weren’t there and didn’t see what happened throughout the race.

        • D. Schrute

          Is it possible that Avanti rode to make sure PK didn’t win? Cooper riding like that with Froome on his wheel doesn’t make much sense otherwise.

          • VK

            That is exactly what we were thinking. Just to stick it up to PK.. If this was the case, it worked perfectly. The far sighted strategic planning in cycling.. what an interesting sport.

          • jules

            I dunno. it’s the HS Tour – Avanti doesn’t want to leave with its tail between its legs. what can you do when you have the Tour champ on your wheel? go back to the peloton? I’d have kept driving it if I was JC. no shame in taking 2nd behind Froomie. I reckon they had bigger fish to fry to running a vendetta against Kennaugh who they are unlikely to bump into again for a while.

    • Arfy

      It was weird watching Kennaugh shrug off Froome at the finish line so he could rush over and continue on with Shaw. Initially it looked like he was pissed with Froome for taking the win, but it seems a petty argument overrides any team success.

  • Sean

    Whats with the points in the results tables?

    • Yeah, we’re not sure what’s going on there. We’re onto it though!

  • Andy B

    A solid start to the year for team sky so far

    I am curious to hear the side of the story for E-Tixx in Qatar?
    Do the riders genuinely want to be there? if its true they are probably happy to not have to attend

    • jules

      I’m going to take a guess and say they’re not too enthused about racing Qatar

      • Andy B

        I imagine a number of teams feel that way about most of the middle east racing
        Not the most exciting events, the crowds are dismal

        • Abdu

          They’re racing for the appearance fees, plush hotels, and fear of Eddy Merckx abusing them.

  • martin

    Froomey’s blue steel… Wow…


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