Riders were all smiles during the warm-up race, with fresh legs and warm weather.

Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

February 11, 2016

Photography by Petar Dopchev, Cor Vos

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In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Boasson Hagen wins stage three of the Tour of Qatar; Victory marks long-awaited return to form for Boasson Hagen; Cavendish: People are going to want echelons but we are not f***ing robots; UCI forwards cyclocross worlds mechanical doping case to disciplinary commission; Riders give thumbs up to increased bike testing; Stevens on the UCI Hour Record: “It’s going to be one of the most painful hours of my life”; Introduction of disc brakes debated; After UCI’s Katusha decision, what next for Paolini?; Wiggle set to acquire Chain Reaction Cycles; Vittorio Brumotti’s superman impression in Dubai Tour 2016; Are you kidding? Man is filmed cycling down road with two goats on his back

Lusail - Qatar - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Boasson Hagen Edvald (Norway / Team Dimension Data)     pictured during Tour of Qatar Elite - Stage 3 ITT Individual Time Trial  from  Lusail Circuit - Lusail Circuit - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2016

Boasson Hagen wins stage three of the Tour of Qatar

by Shane Stokes

Edvald Boasson Hagen ensured that Team Dimension Data retained the leader’s jersey on day three of the Tour of Qatar, with the Norwegian riders crushing his opponents and vaulting to the top of the general classification.

Boasson Hagen proved he was back to his best form when he won the 11 kilometre Lusail time trial by an impressive 25 seconds over runner-up Jos Van Emden (Team LottoNl-Jumbo). He was a further four seconds ahead of Manuel Quinziato, with the latter’s BMC Racing team-mate Greg Van Avermaet three seconds back in fourth place.

Cavendish rode solidly but conceded 44 seconds in finishing seventh and, with it, dropped out of the race lead.

Boasson Hagen is now 26 seconds ahead of the Briton, with Quinziato third. He is 32 seconds back and so Team Dimension Data will be feeling confident heading into the final two days of the race.

The squad stepped up to WorldTour level this season and with Cavendish taking the opening stage in Qatar, has shown that it is one of the strongest squads in the race.

Stage 3 (ITT): Lusail > Lusail - Stage Result

Wednesday 10th February 2016

1. no
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka
00:13:26
2. nl
VAN EMDEN Jos
Team LottoNL-Jumbo
0:25
3. it
QUINZIATO Manuel
BMC Racing Team
0:29
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Photo taken by Petar Dopchev at the inaugural Fat Bike world championships in Crested Butte, Colorado. Click here to see a full gallery plus Neal Rogers’ account of the race.

  • Simon

    I like today’s banner pic with the cable and “almost there” saddle bag given the motors in bikes scandal.:-)

  • Roger That

    They’re very easy-going casual goats that appear to be enjoying the ride. Whenever I try this it never works.

  • Geoff

    I don’t like the idea of Wiggle buying CRC – it’s not good for competition.

    • jules

      I share your concern, but I’ve always felt they have different business models. I assume they’ll continue to operate as separate entities. CRC tends to be more of a bargain basement site and I’ve bought loads of crap off them for the primary reason that it was cheap. while Wiggle is more your go-to site for specific products you’re after, usually high quality name brands and not discounted as much as CRC. but there’s a lot of overlap.

    • Bex

      i have that feeling as well, although CRC is more MTN bike centric while wiggle doesn’t have much of a range on that front. so i would say they haven’t been that good for competition for a long while. only other online competition we have here is Pushy’s to my knowledge.

      • jules

        CRC has a full range of road stuff, but not the product range – a lot is their in-house or other aligned brands. they select on price so if you want to buy cheap road (or MTB) stuff and aren’t fussed about brands CRC is a better option.

    • TheOtherGeoff

      I’ve been buying over the internet something like 8 or 9 years now and have never bought from either. There’s always somewhere else that’s either cheaper (allowing for specials, shipping, exchange rate, VAT savings etc) or actually has what you want in stock – you can almost guarantee that if you want 5 things, 1 or 2 will be out of stock at Wiggle. I’ve assumed that their prices are higher because you’re paying for all the advertising and sponsorships

      FWIW I’ve found Bike24 tends to be best for larger orders due to a flat rate shipping charge; Ribble is usually good for tyres, also Shimano because they often sell OEM parts.

    • Hamish Moffatt

      There’s other UK shops with pretty competitive prices.

  • gari38

    In the interests of accuracy, pretty sure those are sheep rather than goats (not that it makes the feat any less impressive!)

    • lefthandside

      They’re hooves, not feat ;)

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