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Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

February 10, 2016

Photography by Jered & Ashley Gruber

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Alexander Kristoff wins stage 2 of the Tour of Qatar; UCI Discliplinary Commission deems Paolini’s cocaine positive as recreational, will not suspend Katusha; Riders react to Doha Worlds course; Santaromita on Orica-GreenEdge tenure – ‘The longer it went on, the worse it got’; Carmen Small’s Road to Rio -‘The racing will be more dynamic this year than ever before’; Chris Harper’s nature break chase; Hidden motors for road bikes are not new.

Alexander Kristoff wins stage 2 of the Tour of Qatar

by Matt de Neef

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) has taken his first win of the 2016 season, outsprinting Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) on stage 2 of the Tour of Qatar.

Tour of Qatar 2016 - Elite - Stage 2

A photo finish was required to separate the two sprinters with Kristoff getting the nod over stage 1 winner and overall leader Cavendish. Wanty Groupe Gobert’s Roy Jans was a distant third and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) was fourth in a sprint that was marred by a crash with 400 metres to go (see from 6:40 in the video below).

The stage was something of a test event for the Road World Championships later this year, with riders taking on a loop north of Doha before completing four laps of a serpentine circuit that will feature in the Worlds road race. A move went clear early in the 135km stage and the peloton split at one point, but in the closing circuits the race was back together and a sprint was on the cards.

Cavendish’s second place ensures the Manxman will retain the leader’s jersey going into today’s 11km individual time trial — stage 3 of the five-stage race.

Stage 2: Doha > Doha - Stage Result

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  • jules

    I would have assumed it was safer to roll your shorts up and let nature take its course on the run, rather than stop and risk getting dropped? there’s no chance of stopping in a shorter club race, that’s for sure.

    • Andy B

      I just have the mindset if I sweat more the urge will go away

      • jules

        it won’t. by the time it’s collected in the bladder there’s only one way it’s exiting the body :)

    • Dave

      Wouldn’t that depend on whether or not you have a serf to clean your bike for you?

      • jules

        I consider that it is being cleaned

        • donncha

          Are you now, or have you ever been, a triathlete? ;-)

          • jules

            I have done 1 or 2 of those mini corporate triathlons but it was a while ago and it doesn’t count if you go in the sea does it? ;)

            • Dave

              That sounds very much like “cocaine’s not real doping” to me.

    • dsd74

      Even easier if it’s during pouring rain as it camouflages the deed and it “cleans” up after you, with the benefit that the rest of the pack behind you doesn’t realize what you’re doing and won’t yell at you :)

      • jules

        usually I find it’s a good idea to be at the back of the bunch, but the risk is that you are in plain view of the follow car. it’s a bit unclear to me whether you can get penalised for it or not.

        • dsd74

          True, but my, eh, experience was while riding in the gutter in a Dutch race and not too keen on dropping to the next echelon behind. Plus it was cold, so you know there was another benefit…

    • Michele

      Look, I’ve not ridden P-R professionally; just done the sportive.

      However, I can confirm my knicks didn’t look like this when I entered the Velodrome. [Admittedly, it was a dry day when I rode it].

  • Simon

    Reminds me of an anecdote I once heard about a former 200km road champion in a race where he didn’t stop for a nature break and it was number twos…..

    • Dave

      He joined the Footon-Servetto team mid-race?

      • jules

        “we’ve made an executive decision and joined you up effective immediately”

  • Michele

    Re: Ivan Santaromita’s comments:

    As a comparison, Team Sky won the 2013 TTT. Their squad included the likes of Wiggins. Yet, they had no difficulty in deciding Salvatore Puccio would cross the line first. Of course, having Wiggins in Pink for the opening stage might not have been the best idea; but they still could’ve allowed Uran across first. Or veteran Xavier Zandio.

    OGE probably played the sympathy card by allowing Svein Tuft a stint in the maglia rosa. I’m not sure anyone could begrudge him of that.

    I reckon Santaromita is just unlucky Tuft was in the team for that particular Giro.Keep in mind the TTT was in Ireland anyway.

    That all said, I reckon OGE could’ve done a lot better with / got a lot more out of Santaromita during his 2 years there.

    • jules

      it’s difficult to make judgments on these conflicts without having witnessed what was surely a lot more little incidents and misunderstandings, etc. but at the end of the day, the rider needs to fit into the team, not vice versa. that’s simplistic I know, but in the end Santamorita appears to have been the major loser from this.

      • Michele

        Agreed. If I was Santaromita, I’d just be saying to the journo .. “that’s ancient history .. I’ve moved on”

    • Chris_E_Dub

      Team Sky cocked that up though; the stage win was supposed to go to Dario Cataldo, who was Italian national TT champion at the time. If you ever get to re-watch the stage you can see how p’d he is, even on the podium.


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