Jayco Herald Sun Tour  , Stage 4 Arthurs Seat 121.8km Road Race, Victoria, Australia, Saturday, January, 2016. Con Chronis

Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

February 8, 2016

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In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Chris Froome wins the Sun Tour with final-stage victory; Wout Poels wins the Volta a la Communitat Valenciana; Marcel Kittel back to form with Dubai Tour overall victory; Trixi Worrack secures overall victory in the Ladies Tour of Qatar, Etixx-QuickStep absent from Tour of Qatar due to disciplinary issues; Kennaugh and Shaw involved in Sun Tour stoush; Bernie Eisel fractures his collarbone at the Dubai Tour; Heart problem forces Mick Rogers out of the Dubai Tour; Chris Horner signs with Lupus Racing Team; Froomey does fashion; Stijn Vandenbag – Valenciana stage winner picks up a plastic passenger; Wiggle High5 video from Chloe Hosking’s Tour of Qatar stage win.

Chris Froome wins the Sun Tour with final-stage victory

by Matt de Neef

Chris Froome (Sky) has won his first race of the 2016 season, taking out the Jayco Herald Sun Tour with an impressive solo move in the race’s final stage.

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Froome came into the last of three ascents of Arthurs Seat with only Joe Cooper (Avanti IsoWhey) for company, the two having broken clear of the bunch on the previous ascent of the 3km climb. Froome left Cooper behind at the base of the bayside climb and rode to the top on his own, securing the stage win and the overall victory.

Peter Kennaugh (Sky) finished second overall after leading the race since stage 1, while Damien Howson (Orica-GreenEdge) was third after finishing second on the final stage.

Earlier in the race Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) won stage 2 from an elite lead group.

And on stage 3, American John Murphy (UnitedHealthcare) upstaged Ewan and the other big-name sprinters to win into Inverloch.

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Sunday 7th February 2016

1. gb
FROOME Christopher
Team Sky
125
2. gb
KENNAUGH Peter
Team Sky
85
3. au
HOWSON Damien
Orica GreenEDGE
70
4. au
BOBRIDGE Jack
Trek-Segafredo
60
5. au
HAIG Jack
Orica GreenEDGE
50
6. au
CLARKE Jonathan
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
40
7. au
HUCKER Robbie
Avanti IsoWhey Sport
35
8. au
HAMILTON Chris
Australia
30
9. au
GIACOPPO Anthony
Avanti IsoWhey Sport
25
10. nz
SMITH Dion
One Pro Cycling
20
11. au
SHAW Patrick
Avanti IsoWhey Sport
15
12. gb
LAMPIER Steven
JLT Condor
10
13. au
EARLE Nathan
Drapac Professional Cycling
5
14. au
PHELAN Adam
Drapac Professional Cycling
5
15. au
DONOHOE Alistair
Australia
5
16. nz
ORAM James
One Pro Cycling
3
17. au
NORRIS Lachlan
Drapac Professional Cycling
3
18. au
HINDLEY Jai
Attaque Team Gusto
3
19. au
DYBALL Benjamin
Australia
3
20. au
STORER Michael
Australia
3
21. it
CUNEGO Damiano
Nippo - Vini Fantini
3
22. au
HARPER Chris
State of Matter MAAP Racing
3
23. nz
CHRISTIE Jason
Kenyan Riders Downunder
3
24. co
HENAO GOMEZ Sebastián
Team Sky
3
25. lu
DIDIER Laurent
Trek-Segafredo
3

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Today’s feature image comes from Con Chronis and shows Chris Froome holding the Jayco Herald Sun Tour winner’s trophy at the top of Arthurs Seat.

  • 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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