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Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

March 7, 2016


In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Michael Matthews victorious in Paris-Nice prologue; Fabian Cancellara wins his third Strade Bianche title; Armitstead wins in rainbows again, taking out Strade Bianche; Simon Clarke takes his first win in Cannondale colours at the GP Industria; Will Clarke takes out the opening stage of the Tour de Taiwan; Sean De Bie crowned winner of Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen; Oceania Road Championships wrap-up – Sean Lake and Shannon Malseed the big winners; Track World Championships wrap-up; Moolman-Pasio, Bronzini disqualified from Strade Bianche under new rail crossing rule; Tacks dropped on Melbourne’s most popular climb; How does a road bike with a hidden motor ride?; Cyclists chased by an ostrich.

Michael Matthews victorious in Paris-Nice prologue

by Matt de Neef

Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) has started his 2016 season in the best way possible, winning the prologue individual time trial at Paris-Nice.

Matthews completed the 6.1km course in 7:39 (47.8km/h average), taking a one-second victory over TT specialist Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin). New Zealand time trial champion Paddy Bevin (Cannondale) was third, just one second behind Dumoulin, in what is his first UCI podium since joining the WorldTour ranks.

The lead changed many times throughout the stage with Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo), Jerome Coppel (IAM), Jesus Herrada (Movistar), Bevin and Dumoulin all enjoying stints in the hot seat. But it was Matthews who surprised many to take the best time of the day and his first win of the year.

“First day back in the grid and first win. It’s really a great start to the season,” Matthews said. “I was thinking a top five was possible on a course like this. It was hilly, with lots of technical corners, which suits me.

“The next few stages are flat sprints so I should be able to keep the jersey,” Matthews said of the eight-stage WorldTour race. “We’ll see how far I can go. My climbing form is quite good so it will be nice to see how long I can keep it.”

Prologue: Conflans-Sainte-Honorine > Conflans-Sainte-Honorine - Stage Result

Sunday 6th March 2016

1. au
Orica GreenEDGE
2. nl
Team Giant - Alpecin
3. nz
BEVIN Patrick
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team

Click through to read more on OGE’s website.

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Today’s feature image comes from Velofocus and was shot at the women’s Strade Bianche over the weekend.

  • jules

    a dominant performance by Sean Lake, but I’m tempted to give ride of the event to Kiwi James Frouche who rode away from the under 19s field, simply riding others off his wheel until solo.

    • thunder thighs

      I think the most dominant display of the weekend was that Ostrich.

      • jules

        pfft it was sucking wheel the whole way

    • Check out his TT power from his winning ride:

      • jules

        that’s massive. what business does a TT’er have making ~1000w?! probably off the start line

        • Dave

          Also possibilities: accelerating out of the u-turn at the far end of the course, or maintaining speed on one of the undulations along the route.

        • RomanTheCube

          Yep I wouldn’t be surprised if thats just out of the gate. But holy hell, that average. Absolutely incredible. Rowers really do come into cycling with massive engines, don’t they?

        • RomanTheCube

          Yep I wouldn’t be surprised if thats just out of the gate. But holy hell, that average. Absolutely incredible. Rowers really do come into cycling with massive engines, don’t they?

  • Daniel

    So The Ascent ride road closures are announced and most of the locals are not happy at all and now tacks are being dropped on a dangerous downhill corner. I hope the organisers of this ride are taking this seriously, people like to ride these roads every weekend.

    • Stompin

      There must be a way to catch people doing this? Such a low act.

      • Arfy

        If anyone’s got camera footage from their morning ride on the 1:20 they should check it. If they’ve recorded someone on foot or stopped in the general vicinity they should forward to the Boronia Police who can then check identity and put it on file.

    • Nathan

      Are you suggesting the Ascent ride should not go ahead or that the organisers could do something about the tack issue? I assume the road closures are going ahead following an approval process in which case it would be council and police who should be taking subsequent issues seriously. Not sure what the event organisers could do here.

      • Daniel

        I think the organisers should review the amount of closures and traffic distruptions they have planned or find a better route, most of the closures are completely unnecessary. On Sunday I rode up and went through Monbulk stopping at the bakery, a guy with his kids walk past and he makes a comment to them about the road being closed all day for a bike ride. His facts are slightly off but the point is the locals are unimpressed and then there is things like this happening. If a one off rec ride is going to jeopardise the safety of regular users of these roads, something is wrong.

        • Arfy

          That’s precisely why the Police need to jump on this early, and hard. It’s become acceptable to be the anonymous vigilante, putting people’s safety at risk to make a political point. The “us versus them” mentality that guy made to you is exactly what’s wrong with the picture.

          I’m loathe to criticise the RACV as I think they’re doing a good job of promoting cycling, but perhaps they can do more to educate the uneducated. Their magazine still gets the odd grumbly motorist writing in about how cyclists are doing everything wrong, but I’m yet to see them publish an article about how vulnerable cyclists are to bad driving and bad attitudes of motorists.

  • Andrew

    No helmet, all over the road, this is why all ostrich should have to pay rego!

    • claude cat

      He needs to carry an ID as well.

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  • Wiggo on a Cervelo in the Madison. Is that his usual brand?

    • Dave

      He rides Pinarello on the road, and in the team pursuit.

      TeamGB riders generally prefer to use something other than the Pinarello TeamGB track bikes for the bunch events where they need a bit more agility and handling.

      • Callum Watson

        Actually, GB are on Cervelo as a bike sponsor now rather than cervelo. So when they’re not riding the UKSI bikes which they are most of the time, then they ride cervelos. They’re not stiff enough for the sprinters which is why Kenny, Skinner, Crampton and all the female spinters were on the UKSI bikes.

        I suspect having wiggins on the Cervelo for the madison was mainly just to keep cervelo happy, becuase it didn’t really matter as a non olympic event.

  • Dave

    Excellent to see organisers disqualifying the riders who risked their lives running a level crossing in the Women’s Strade Bianche. Stick a 10kg lump of ballast on their bikes at every race in the next month to reinforce the point.

  • Velt

    Article on the new Dura-Ace deleted?


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