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

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Orica GreenEDGE
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Team Giant - Alpecin
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BEVIN Patrick
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team

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