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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Today’s feature image comes from Jered & Ashley Gruber and was shot in Woodville, USA.