Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

February 17, 2016

Photography by Ashley Gruber, Cor Vos, Tim de Waele, Tim Bardsley-Smith

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Jungels wins stage one of the Tour of Oman; Luxembourg rider pledges to ‘give his all’ to protect race lead; Porte shrugs off time loss on stage one of Tour of Oman; Weeks after being placed in a coma, Malori heads back to Europe; Boonen reaches deal in tax fraud case; The Secret Pro: Mechanical doping, sketchy finishes, and Katusha dodges another bullet; Team Southeast – Venezuela dismisses Ballan contract rumours; Dumoulin says sidelining of team-mates hit by car will affect his chances; Top French sprinter Coquard hospitalized after unusual training crash; Does winning early translate into more success throughout the season?; Behind the scenes: Training in ‘wintertime’; Brumotti’s front-wheel balancing act

Jungels wins stage one of the Tour of Oman

by VeloClub

A month and a half into his contract with the Etixx-QuickStep team, Bob Jungels has underlined his talent when he soloed to an impressive stage win on day one of the Tour of Oman.

The young Luxembourg rider was part of a 16 man group that had pushed forward over the two hills in the finale of the race, and then attacked on the final descent. He hit the line six seconds ahead of Serge Pauwels (Team Dimension Data) and a further two seconds ahead of the group led in by Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant-Alpecin).

With time bonuses factored in, he is ten seconds clear of Pauwels heading into stage two, and 14 up on Bardet.

Early on Kenny Dehaes (Wanty Groupe Gobert), Christoph Pfingsten (Bora-Argon 18), Peter Koning (Drapac), Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport-Vlaanderen Baloise) and Roompot Oranje Peloton’s Berden De Vries got clear and built a six minute lead, but were hauled back before the climbs in the finale.

The big guns then started firing, with Jungels playing things to perfection. The 23 year old is regarded by many as the successor to the Schleck brothers.

Stage 1: Oman Exhibition Center > Al Bustan - Stage Result

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