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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 Shane Stokes

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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  • Dave

    What’s all this about Jungels in Oman? I thought it was a desert!

    • jules

      very droll!

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        • Sean

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  • charlie

    Were the comments closed on TSP because it was such a controversial article?

    • Paolo

      Maybe, i’m still surprised he mentioned the Cancellara thing.

    • It was one of those articles where my gut feel was that most of the comments were just going to be sledging, so I felt it was appropriate to close them (as we sometimes do with TSP).

      • Michele

        Gut feel Wade … :)
        I reckon it was a dead-set certainty. Very feisty was TSP.
        I loved it.

      • Sean

        For a second I thought you had finally banned me, thankfully my gut feel was wrong.

        Good call on closing comments.

      • velocite

        Comments superfluous, it was a great read as usual. And I thought that Peter Kennaugh was such a nice young lad. Love the goss!

        BTW, is it pronounced ‘Kennyack’ or ‘Kennow’ or what?

        • Sean


          • Dave

            No, that’s his teammate who goes for the GC wins in big races.

        • Roger That

          ‘Yappy Mouth’.

        • Holby City

          Kenn-yick. See his father’s Twitter page.

  • Michele

    Brilliant Banner photo this morning.
    It’s chalk and cheese of the one of Jungels winning in Oman.

  • horses

    People in Sydney: don’t forget about the #rideIDfree rally (https://www.facebook.com/events/440569976136444/) tomorrow in Martin Place at 7.30am. Bring your friends.

    • Sean

      Huh? I never go training without my wallet and ID. You lot are mad.

      • Bex

        how about riding with your kids to the local park.. wallet and ID then, how about nipping down to the corner store for some milk and bread; money sure, and most of the time you’ll have ID but to make it a fine-able offence….

        it’s just something that shouldn’t be a law, you might call common sense on carrying one but so’s wearing a bike helmet, doesn’t mean it needs to be a law.

      • jules

        I also always wear black knicks. That doesn’t justify introducing penalties for not wearing them. OK that’s a bad example, maybe it does.

        • Sean

          Yeah I know, WTF is with making it law, I get that. I just think an #rideIDfree rally is poorly thought out. This was more the angle I was commenting on. Its a case of idiot legislator bumping heads with idiot protestors.

    • velocite

      This campaign is childish and stupid. The proposed changes are all about sharing the road, and the most important of them, the metre clearance requirement, is cyclist friendly. Of course we don’t want to be forced to carry ID, any more than car drivers would want to be forced to carry a licence, but there’s no significant argument against. It’s not as though it’s an onerous requirement: most cyclists have driving licences, after all. And it’s a good thing to have id on you when picked up off the road.

      It would be a pain if kids needed it, but they’re exempt.

      I suppose that Bicycle Network, nee Bicycle Victoria is behind this silly campaign. Their number one preoccupation seems to be their own power, which means they can never acknowledge any other pro cycling organization, such as the leading metre matters proponent, Amy Gillett. Amazingly, on their website there is no mention of the metre matters issue anywhere, despite it now having been introduced in most States. Nor of course is their any acknowledgement of the Amy Gillett foundation.

      So, you’d be a silly ass to turn up to this demo.

      • Andy B

        I have no real issue with I.D but some of the other heavy fines being imposed are a bit much..
        The way it was introduced was done so to please angry motorists rather than promoting safety and the metre matters campaign
        Anyway.. its all been said before

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      • cam

        “most cyclists have driving licences” Correct most do, So the rest can go and get stuffed and never ride a bike ?

      • Sean

        The problem with the compulsory I.D. is that the new law makes cyclists the only people in most of the free world compulsory to carry it.
        You need to carry a license when driving a car, boat, or fishing etc but they are to show that you are legally able/allowed to do those activities and not to prove who you are.
        The new law to carry I.D. is an offence to civil liberty if you ask me. That is why I will be at the protest tomorrow morning.

        • Chris Fisher

          In a large number of European countries it is technically illegal not to have ID on you all the time. Period. The perspective of thinking you shouldn’t have to carry ID with you is less common than you might realise. Australia, the US and the U.K. are exceptions in not having a national identity card system when you look more globally.

          • jules


            • Chris Fisher

              Well I got arrested in Italy in the mid 90’s when I was living there for not having a receipt after buying a newspaper at a kiosk (which at the time at least was illegal due to anti black economy measures-as a purchaser you need a receipt for everything, and I think this is still the case) and I received a formal written warning under the Italian penal code for not having ID with me.

            • Chris Fisher

              Belgium, Spain…..


              and it certainly used to be the case in Italy as I got arrested for it in the mid 90’s

        • velocite

          I have a driving licence but I don’t carry it when cycling, so if this rule were to be introduced in Victoria it would require me to change. I don’t see it as a plus for me. I understand the civil liberty point of view, but it’s not the one I choose to take. I accept it as part of the sharing the road idea. Cyclists can occupy a whole traffic lane – not what they were designed for. Legally we can ride two abreast in one lane of a busy two lane road, holding up a stream of traffic. But we don’t, most of us, in the interests of sharing the road. Part of the road system is the road rules and the enforcement system, and driving licences are clearly a part of that system. I wouldn’t vote for it, but cyclists id’s I see as part of joining the system, and could even be seen as adding to our status as road users.

          The size of the fines is a little OTT, but this is probably a result of negotiations between the pro-cycling politicians and bureaucrats and the troglodytes. If these fines were introduced in Victoria I would modify my own behaviour – I’d be much more wary before running a red across the top of a quiet T intersection.

          • Ben Greeve

            These fines are already in place in Victoria. Riding a bike, even taking a full lane is not nearly the same responsibility of driving a car. There’s no need anything more to join the system, we are already in the system. Cycling is not just something we do because we enjoy it, It is a legitimate form of transport.

      • horses

        This comment is childish and stupid.

        You don’t carry a drivers license as ID, you carry a drivers license as a certificate of competence. Yes, it’s a good idea to carry ID in case of an accident, but not having ID isn’t going to make any difference to the treatment you receive. Is there a massive problem with dead, unidentified cyclists? No. Do police have a massive problem fining cyclists without ID? No. Is there something special about an injured cyclist carrying ID compared to an injured pedestrian? Well, yes, there are far more pedestrians killed and injured every year than cyclists, so presumably there should also be compulsory photo ID for pedestrians. But that would be stupid, wouldn’t it?

        Laws don’t get changed for no reason, laws are changed to solve problems. In this case, the government has presented absolutely no evidence of any problem that will be solved by either the introduction of mandatory ID or massively increased fines. So the message is clear: cycling is inherently dangerous both to you as a cyclist and to the wider community. The plan is to discourage cycling.

        Bicycle Network aren’t the only ones involved in the campaign against the laws, and in any case (and despite their previous form), they supported the passing laws, and, unlike the AGF, don’t support punishing cyclists for riding their bikes.

        So if you don’t care enough to actually understand the issues and how it might affect people other than your bunch then good for you, but that’s hardly a reason to discourage people who do care.

        • Cameron Harris

          Your middle three paragraphs are well written and reasoned and add to the debate. However, just because Velocite (and I, for that matter) disagrees with your point of view, doesn’t immediately confer a lack of care or understanding of the issues or its impacts.

          • horses

            Sorry, but Velocite’s first and last sentences kind of set the tone of my reply. Regardless of that, unless your position is that mandatory ID and increased fines are things that are absolutely positive things for cyclists, discouraging others from taking action against such changes seems an odd thing to do.

            • velocite

              Apologies for the ‘stupid’ and ‘silly ass’ allegations. As a long term member of BV I feel quite irritated by their position wrt the metre rule and Amy Gillett, hence the spray. But I do see this anti campaign as emotive and short sighted, which is what chidren are – but please don’t take that personally.

        • velocite

          Do you have any links to indicate their support for the metre passing rule?

          • D-Man

            My two cents – in Queensland, I feel the novelty of having a 1 metre passing rule has worn off. Most of the good drivers (or most drivers who are good) already gave cyclists plenty of room and will continue to do so. The crap drivers seem to have gone back to their bike-buzzing ways. There’s no education, no promotion and the police don’t appear to give a crap about enforcing this requirement. The only winners are the politicians who can assert how they’re doing something positive for cyclists (without actually doing anything). As for wearing ID’s, it’s the first step towards the implementation of a compulsory registration scheme. If you’re okay with having to carry ID, then you can’t complain about formalising such ID by way of registration, or so the political argument goes… It’s a crap law designed solely to allow for further harrassment (and there will be harrassment) of cyclists.

            • velocite

              My $0.02:
              Not having a minimum passing clearance means that
              (1) drivers have no guidance as to what is safe.
              (2) An inexperienced driver or perhaps any driver who has never cycled is therefore left with they can go as close as they like without actually making contact.
              (3) The result is we get seriously frightened, and in the event we do get hit the driver can claim that the cyclist wobbled or that they honestly thought there was room – a la your Pollett case.

              Whether we’ll ever be able to relate any improvement in behaviour to this rule change I doubt. But it is very noticeable that European countries with long established cycle friendly roads – particularly Italy – have the passing clearance rule.

            • Douglas

              Perhaps licence test should examine the ability of drivers to actually judge the distances they are away from things, and how to make allowances for the width of towed vehicles. Even an understanding of speed relativities could be tested, given many drivers seem to treat bikes as if they are stationary objects. Also, perhaps, and this a a fairly big perhaps, the use of Fly6 and other onboard cameras will result in some significant penalties. Unfortunately this is likely only after collisions have occurred. It is probably not a crap law from the point of view of victims who want expensive bikes replaced.

          • horses

            Unfortunately I can’t find any – I must’ve imagined it. At the very least they’re not opposed to it in this instance. I don’t care much for BN either, and the fact that this rally seems to have been organised without the cooperation of other groups annoys me, but nevertheless, people will show up to support the cause, not BV.

      • ceedee

        I’m always surprise how many back stabbing cyclist there is like you.

        • Dave

          The backstabbers who really need to be addressed are those at Bicycle Network, who think mandatory helmet legislation is great and that motorists should be able to whizz past cyclists with millimetres to spare.

          They are more interested in selling insurance than making cycling safe enough that it’s unnecessary.

      • JCJordan

        A couple of things to consider in regards to the changes in law. the fines and requirements for the mandatory carry of ID a permanent on 1 march, the meter passing is not as it is only a trial for 12 months.
        The new law will allow police to pull you over for no other reason than to check your ID.

        • Ben Greeve

          People really should be a lot more angry than they are. Just because you may already carry ID doesn’t mean everyone should. Adding one more thing to the list of things I need to just jump on the bike is silly.

          One big thing showing the stupidity of the law is it’s being introduced for our safety, so in a serious accident we can be identified. Something to note is that a photo of your ID on your phone is acceptable, fat lot of good that will be if you are unable to identify yourself.

          • winkybiker

            How the hell does having ID increase safety?

            • Ben Greeve

              No idea, but that’s how it’s being sold.

  • CB

    Why was the comments section under the secret pro column closed so quick? Did Peter Kennaugh and his ‘yappy mouth’ inundate the site with comments and contrary arguments?

    • Andy B

      See above ;)


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