Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

February 24, 2016

Photography by Cor Vos, Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

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In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Voeckler wins stage one of the Tour Cycliste International La Provence; Facing team suspension over doping cases, Katusha quits MPCC; Orica-GreenEdge also exits MPCC; How a 10-year partnership between Velon and Infront could change pro cycling; Alaphilippe back from mononucleosis, lines out in Tour La Provence; Vansummeren sidelined due to heart issue; Sparkling lineup for the Strade Bianche; ASO clarifies teams for the Ardennes Classics; Women’s Flèche Wallonne teams named; Coach Henderson Diary: A day in the life, a week in the life; Best person to sit next to on the flight?

Voeckler wins stage one of the Tour de la Provence

by VeloClub

Thomas Voeckler returned to the top of the podium on Tuesday when he soled to victory on day one of Tour Cycliste International La Provence race. The Frenchman clocked up a win for his new sponsor Direct Energie, kicking clear with two laps remaining of the finishing circuit in Cassis.

The riders behind chased hard, but he reached the line seven seconds clear of his closest pursuer, Petr Vakoc (Etixx – QuickStep). Vockler’s team-mate Lilian Calmejane outsprinted Pieter Serry (Etixx – QuickStep) and Chris Anker Sörensen (Fortuneo – Vital Concept) two seconds later.

Now 36 years of age, the aggressive rider last took a win back in 2013. That season he took a stage plus the overall in each of the Route du Sud and the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, as well as stage six of the Criterium du Dauphine.

The success will add momentum to the team, which raced last year as Europcar prior to a sponsor change. It lost Pierre Rolland to Cannondale Pro Cycling over the winter, but has taken seven other wins thus far this season. These include three stages plus the overall in the Tropicale Amissa Bongo, courtesy of Adrien Petit, plus a total of three stages in the Etoile de Bessèges with Bryan Coquard and Sylvain Chavanel.

The 2.1-ranked race continues tomorrow with a 199 kilometre leg to Istres.

Stage 1: Aubagne > Cassis - Stage Result

Tuesday 23rd February 2016

1. fr
VOECKLER Thomas
Direct Energie
04:27:15
2. cz
VAKOC Petr
Etixx - Quick Step
0:07
3. fr
CALMEJANE Lilian
Direct Energie
0:09
4. be
SERRY Pieter
Etixx - Quick Step
-
5. dk
SøRENSEN Chris Anker
Fortuneo - Vital Concept
-
6. it
DE MARCHI Alessandro
BMC Racing Team
0:12
7. fr
ROUX Anthony
FDJ
0:14
8. it
GAVAZZI Francesco
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
-
9. fr
EL FARES Julien
Delko Marseille Provence KTM
-
10. ru
CHERNETCKII Sergei
Team Katusha
-
11. us
CRADDOCK Lawson
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
-
12. fr
BOUET Maxime
Etixx - Quick Step
-
13. fr
MOINARD Amaël
BMC Racing Team
-
14. be
BAKELANTS Jan
AG2R La Mondiale
-
15. fr
DELAPLACE Anthony
Fortuneo - Vital Concept
0:22
16. fr
TURGIS Jimmy
Roubaix Lille Métropole
0:55
17. ch
WYSS Danilo
BMC Racing Team
-
18. lv
SKUJINš Toms
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
-
19. si
ŠPILAK Simon
Team Katusha
-
20. no
EIKING Odd Christian
FDJ
-
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Today’s feature image comes from the pre-race presentation at the 2016 Tour de Langkawi, and was taken by the Cor Vos agency

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