Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

February 12, 2016


In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins a second stage at the Tour of Qatar, Cavendish back into the overall lead; Daryl Impey wins his fifth South African time trial title; Boasson Hagen deflated after double puncture costs him the Tour of Qatar lead; Specialized announces layoffs and realignment; Why UCI teams have to pay a bank guarantee; Keep up with local cycling events with Bicycle Calendar; Brim Brothers launch wearable powermeter; Video – Disc-brake equipped wheel change only slightly slower than normal.

Kristoff wins a second stage at the Tour of Qatar, Cavendish back into the overall lead

by Matt de Neef

Alexander Kristoff has taken out his second stage victory at this year’s Tour of Qatar, winning the stage 4 sprint after another stellar lead-out from his Katusha team.

Kristoff accounted for Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) in the dash for the line while the Norwegian’s teammate Jacopo Guarnieri was third, preventing anyone else from taking the time bonus available on the line.

The bunch split in the final kilometre with Katusha forcing the pace in the crosswinds. Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon18) were among the sprinters to miss out on a shot of victory as a result.

Overall leader Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) suffered a double puncture in the last 10km, losing contact with the front group and then losing the race lead (read more below). Thankfully for Dimension Data, Mark Cavendish did enough to move back into the overall lead.

With one stage remaining, Cavendish is just two seconds ahead of Van Avermaet and nine seconds ahead of Kristoff in fourth place. With time bonuses available at the intermediate sprints and at the finish line, the race is far from over.

Stage 4: Al Zubarah Fort > Madinat Al Shamal - Stage Result

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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and shows Greg Van Avermaet riding a camel at the Tour of Qatar.