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Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

March 8, 2016


In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Matthews defends Paris-Nice lead as Demare wins stage 1; Stepan Astafyev solos to Tour de Taiwan stage win and overall lead; UCI seeking lifetime ban and 50,000 Euro fine in mechanical doping case – report; New 2017 Trek Domane revealed beneath Fabian Cancellara at Strade Bianche; With bank guarantee deadline now passed, riders still chasing Colombia-Coldeportes salaries; Bernard Hinault steps back from Tour de France organisation role; Cavendish will end the Tour de France early if selected for the Olympics – Sutton; Tom Dumoulin learns Michael Matthews beat him in the Paris-Nice prologue; Wiggle High5 at Strade Bianche; The Flanders Classics – a look back at last year.

Matthews defends Paris-Nice lead as Demare wins stage 1

by Matt de Neef

Frenchman Arnaud Demare (FDJ) has won the opening road stage of the 2016 Paris-Nice, winning the bunch sprint after a tough stage that feature dirt roads, snow and strong winds. Ben Swift (Sky) was second while Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) completed the podium.

Crosswinds split the bunch with 40km to go, under the impetus of Sky and Etixx-QuickStep, before the riders tackled four dirt sectors in the closing kilometres. Trek-Segafredo recruit Edward Theuns made a late bit for victory, getting away from the bunch on the descent following the final dirt section — the Chemin du Tertre de la Motte. But the Belgian was caught with just 200m to go as the sprinters swamped him in the dash for the line.

“This wasn’t a normal sprint and things could have worked out differently because I was badly placed,” Démare said after the stage. “I had to launch from sprint from a long way back. I’d decided to stick to Nacer’s wheel because he still had two teammates with him and I was lucky to come around him and then jump Swift at the end.”

Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) finished fifth, ensuring he’ll maintain his overall lead after taking a couple of bonus seconds at an intermediate sprint.

Stage 1: Condé-sur-Vesgre > Vendôme - Stage Result

Monday 7th March 2016

1. fr
DéMARE Arnaud
2. gb
Team Sky
3. fr
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and was shot on stage 1 of Paris-Nice. It shows Orica-GreenEdge controlling the front of the bunch for race leader Michael Matthews.

  • jules

    classy reaction from Tom D there :)

  • Avuncular

    Interesting juxtaposition of stories 3 & 4.
    Nice compilation of last years classics. Thanks.

    • It was unintentional, I can assure you!

    • jules

      love that new Trek Domane. apparently on the new model you can hardly tell when it’s idling

      • Mark Blackwell

        hahahaha… was thinking exactly the same thing (although probably would’ve taken a more direct approach)

      • Steel

        Very clever jules. But just in case it needed pointing out, that seat tube configuration should at the very least make it clear that Fabu just beat a quality field without a motor -(not to mention the UCI checks). That’s the big question for me – if he’s been capable of spanking everyone without the motor, why risk running one to your eternal damnation?

        • jules

          it’s a good question. and I’d like to know the answer. because it’s difficult for me to comprehend why so many dominant pros turn to doping. but they do

  • Bex

    it’s a bit of a shame when i see a vino4ever rider solo away with 80k to go; and rather than be impressed i’m just left wondering when he’ll be popped and which drug it’ll be.

    • jules

      I’m guessing there’s no testing and that’s why they’re racing there

      • Turbo

        +1. Testing will be non existent.

        • Dave


          If there was no testing, Tabriz Shahrdari Team and Pishgaman Giant Team would be getting much more spectacular results.

        • Apparently there is drug testing happening there, for the stage winners at the very least (but probably more).

    • jules

      I’m guessing there’s no testing and that’s why they’re racing there

    • martin

      scepticism aside, I’m still amazed that vino4ever is a thing. Do they still have the jerseys with his face on?

      • Dave


        • martin

          Ahh righto, I didn’t think it was possible to have something so tasteless but it’s hard to put anything past Vino.

    • Andy Logan

      Yeah, the exact same reaction I had.

      If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    • According to the Avanti guys, it was cruisy ride by the peloton that allowed him get away: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj9qGs67ybI

  • Tim Ashton

    Can’t help but be extremely skeptical about that Tour of Taiwan stage 2 result.

  • Dave

    This will be a hit to the ego for Lance Armstrong – he will be losing his title as the richest athlete ever to get banned for doping.

    • Dave

      And as of about an hour ago, Sharapova has also pushed LA down to third on the rankings of richest athletes to be dropped by Nike after a major scandal.

      He was first on that list until they dropped Manny Pacquiao three weeks ago.


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