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.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2j09t8tT94

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
FDJ
04:29:53
2. gb
SWIFT Ben
Team Sky
-
3. fr
BOUHANNI Nacer
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.

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