Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 22, 2016

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bouhanni wins stage one of the Volta a Catalunya; Meyer leads King of the Mountains and sits seventh in general classification; New lease of life: Dan Martin on a mental boost at Etixx-QuickStep, spring ambitions and more; Vuelta boss digs heels in over suggestions race could be shortened; The Cipressa Conspiracy Theories; How the Race Was Won: 2016 Milan-San Remo; Haga makes racing return two months after being hit by a car in Giant-Alpecin training camp smash; Zajicek remains in medically induced coma after Colorado crash; SecureCPC 2016 – Melbourne Cycling League; IAM Cycling Think Positive with Martin Elmiger; Nicolas Roche after stage one of the Volta a Catalunya 2016; Michael Woods at the start of stage 1 of Volta a Catalunya; Kelly vs The Volcano: A Memorial film

Bouhanni wins stage one of the Volta a Catalunya

by VeloClub

Two days after he missed out on a possible Milan-San Remo win due to a mechanical issue in the final sprint, Nacer Bouhanni bounced back to win stage one of the Volta a Catalunya. The Cofidis rider blazed in ahead of
Ben Swift (Team Sky), Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge), Enrico Gasparotto (Wanty – Groupe Gobert) plus the rest of the main field.

The success saw him take the leader’s first yellow jersey, opening up a four second lead over Swift. He said after the finish that he was still thinking about what happened in San Remo, but was glad he had changed an initial decision not to compete in Spain.

“It was a nightmare, things had gone perfectly up to the final sprint. I spent two nights almost without sleep, but despite the disappointment I decided to come for the team; the Volta is a great race and it gave me the opportunity to get big wins like this.”

Early on, Cameron Meyer (Dimenion Data), Lluis Mas (Caja Rural) and Wanty’s Boris Dron attacked and opened a gap of over six minutes. The break was later hauled back and Louis Vervaecke (Lotto-Soudal) then sprang clear.

He took was reeled in, paving the way for a plucky – but ultimately unsuccessful – late attack by Sky’s Nicolas Roche. The Irishman was recaptured just inside the final two kilometres, paving the way for Bouhanni’s successful sprint.

Stage 1: Calella > Calella - Stage Result

Monday 21st March 2016

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Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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Team Sky
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Orica GreenEDGE
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Today’s feature image comes from Milan-San Remo and was taken by Cor Vos.