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Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 9, 2016

Photography by Cor Vos

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Matthews takes stage two of Paris-Nice after Bouhanni is relegated; O’Connor moves into race lead in Tour of Taiwan after Schulting wins stage three; Matthews: It would have been a win either way; Bouhanni not impressed with decision; Marianne Vos to return to the peloton this weekend; Nibali, Valverde aiming for overall in Tirreno-Adriatico but cautious about chances; Van Garderen says BMC Racing Team has done its homework, Chaves not feeling pressure; Wiggins said ‘no excuse’ for Maria Sharapova over positive test; The science behind Cannondale’s altitude training camp, explained; ASO to revive Deutschland Tour as part of major agreement to develop cycling in Germany; Dimension Data insists Cavendish can do full Tour de France before Olympics; An interesting tweet from Matt Brammeier about Tuesday’s sprint finish in Paris-Nice; New & Under The Radar Road Bike Tech – Inside Line On The 2016 Taipei Cycle Show With James Huang; Rise – Inside Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Video | Episode #2

Matthews takes stage two of Paris-Nice after Bouhanni is relegated

by Shane Stokes

Winner of the prologue on Sunday, Michael Matthews made it two wins out of three days of racing thus far this year when he was deemed the victor at the end of stage two of Paris-Nice on Tuesday. The Australian rider was actually second across the line in Commentry, but the race commissaires concluded he was impeded by Nacer Bouhanni and relegated the Frenchman.

The two were the quickest riders inside the final 200 metres, but a move from right to left by Bouhanni left Matthews with only a small gap to go through. He persisted and looked to have more speed, but Bouhanni moved further left and impeded his passing with his elbow.

This brought the two riders together and both very nearly fell. They managed to stay upright, but the clash forced Matthews to back off and he rolled across the line behind Bouhanni. This finish order was soon changed, though, with Matthews and Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo) being deemed first and second.

Earlier in the stage Tsgabu Grmay (Lampre-Merida), Anthony Delaplace (Fortuneo-Vital Concept), Evaldas Siskevicius (Delko Marseille Provence) and Mathias Brandle (IAM Cycling) attacked, building a lead of over ten minutes. This buffer wasn’t enough, though, and the move was extinguished with just over ten kilometres to go.

Matthew’s win bonus saw him increase his lead to 14 seconds over closest challenger Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) and 19 ahead of Patrick Bevin (Cannondale Pro Cycling).

Stage 2: Contres > Commentry - Stage Result

Tuesday 8th March 2016

1. au
Orica GreenEDGE
2. it
Trek - Segafredo
3. fr
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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Today’s feature image comes from stage two of Paris-Nice and was taken by Cor Vos.

  • Kieran Degan

    Matthews raise of the arm is a common move of mine on the morning commute. He’d fit right in on Sydney roads.

    • Matt DeMaere

      I’m trying to break that habit. Put my arm out like that when I got buzzed by a sports bike hauling it up Garie hill in the RNP, almost got an ambulance ride home when his mate then ducked my out stretched arm on another following moto.

      • Arfy

        That’s more Bouhanni than Matthews ;)

      • Kieran Degan

        Good point. Gotta watch your arms. I had my arm out turning right when a dude in a ute coming the other way high fived me. It’s better than the usual ute treatment.

  • Sean

    Bouhanni was a bit unlucky.

    • claude cat

      I’ve seen worse not penalized, but I don’t think Bouhanni was unlucky.

      • Dave B

        agree – also cavendish taking out gerrans at the tdf was worse in 2014.

    • jules

      pretty blatant swerve over to the left barriers. he started off towards the right and when he saw Bling coming up the left he changed course dramatically to the left and squeezed him out. you can get away with squeezing riders but you need to be more subtle than that.

    • Andy B

      hes certainly not winning any fans riding like that..

      • martin

        Agreed, was pretty blatant. He was lucky one or both of them didn’t get binned in the process. I seem to recall the Secret Pro not having the kindest words to say about him some time ago.

    • Hamish Moffatt

      I thought he was pretty lucky not to get sent home, just relegated for this one stage. It’s typical of him.

    • Sean Doyle

      It was one of those ones where it could have gone either way. The first swerve I am happy with. That happens all the time, it wasn’t that dangerous and he did leave a gap. The second little bobble that caused the contact I think is just untidy style on the limit. Still, maybe being relegated might make him sprint a bit smoother, but he may lose a bit of output by tidying up.

    • Captaindan22

      When a French rider riding for a French team in a French race still gets relegated, I would say that it is pretty clear cut.

      • De Mac


    • Dave

      Cav would have gotten away with it.

    • jasjaz

      He started sprint in middle of road…pushed left….then hooked left with elbow out. Not unlucky.

  • Nick Clark

    That tweet from Brammeier is gold, so close!

  • Rob

    Wade – any chance of sending someone to this session?
    Or an interview/article with the speakers?

    • Thanks for the heads up Rob. Sounds interesting. We’re looking into it.


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