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Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

February 26, 2016

Photography by Aaron Lee, Cor Vos, Tim de Waele, Kristof Ramon


In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Palini beats Guardini to take stage two of the Tour de Langkawi; Gaviria takes final day victory in Tour Cycliste International La Provence; Rumours resurface that China’s richest man has eyes on Tour de France; Riis announces multifaceted cycling project, states intention to have Worldtour team in 2017; Castroviejo facing two months wearing a neck brace, Malori released from hospital; US track cyclist Bobby Lea wins appeal, will be eligible for Olympic Games; Quintana upbeat about Tour de France chances; Evelyn Stevens’ Hour Record bike: Specialized S-Works Shiv TT; Driving error puts dent on Direct Energie’s day; New official website launched for the Giro d’Italia; Boonen and Lidl combine to make stylish ad

Palini beats Guardini to take stage two of the Tour de Langkawi

by Shane Stokes

Andrea Guardini’s ambition of taking a 20th career stage win in the Tour de Langkawi was frustrated by namesake and compatriot Andrea Palini on day two of the race on Thursday.

Guardini and Palini crossed swords in the finishing straight but, on this occasion, the SkyDive Dubai rider got the edge over the Astana competitor.

Palini graciously said that he had an advantage because of the course. “I didn’t expect to win,” he said. “I was hoping to score points but I didn’t think I could beat Guardini. However, I was fresher than him after the last climb. That made the difference.”

The day was marked by a breakaway comprising Wang Meiyin (Hengxiang), Loh Sea Keong (Malaysia national team), Sofian Nabil (NSC), Gong Hyo Suk (KSPO) and Jamilidin Navardianto (Pegasus). They were however recaptured 11 kilometres from the end, setting things up for the bunch gallop.

Guardini holds a two second lead over Palini in the general classification, with Wang in third.

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Today’s feature photo comes from stage two of the Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia and was taken by Aaron Lee.

  • Luke Bartlett
    • Winky

      NSW and Sydney are within a bike’s throw of banning cycling altogether. Make the most of it while you can.

      • Sean

        Yep it’s just a matter of time.

  • Roger That

    Boonen can’t fill a bottle? Uh oh, I’m tipping someone else in the Spring Classics.

    • choppy

      he didn’t realise….he could have just connected the juicing machine to a motor………

      • Dave

        I’d be happy with the motor from a NutriBullet to boost my ride!

  • Holby City

    First the Giro music and then the Lidle ad. The Euros are so weird but I love it. Would you drink Boonen’s juice?

  • Cam

    I seem to recall an article earlier in the year saying the Tour de Langkawi was an early season target for Matt Goss. Not a great start..

    • velocite

      Disappointing. Sad. Surely this year is his last chance to resurrect himself.

  • TimHally

    always feared Boonen was on the juice.

  • Winky

    Signing the bottle made me think of a doping control test. Then he drinks it! The ad didn’t work for me!


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