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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 Shane Stokes

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

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

  • Dave

    I’d have a new lease on life too if I had just set myself free after spending eight years working with Jonathan Vaughters.

  • Marcus

    Great to see Cosmo back!

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  • Neuron1

    So inrng is saying that Tosatto and Capecchi are lying.

    • jules

      I think he’s more saying that there isn’t any real evidence to support their allegations. Which opens up the possibility of their having lied. I don’t think they would have lied outright – if they are wrong, it may be more that they over-stepped the mark in expressing their doubt over whether Demare was moving under his own steam. Which isn’t a whole lot better.

      • Sean

        They did say he was doing 80 clicks when he went past them on the climb. The reality was he was just coming back through the convoy which he has every right to do.

  • Neuron1

    “Often the claims say more about the claimants than the case at hand.” This is the quote from Inrng. Thus, he is saying that they are lying. So how exactly did the two riders come up with the same story, which they told immediately after the race to different people? Did they ride along in the peloton and cook it up without knowing the outcome of the race? Doubtful; they finished over a minute apart. What would be their motivation? Neither was going to get a win for their team, or even a podium spot. Do you think either of them wants Sky to get a win? That is totally laughable. I would think an FDJ win does not impact them in any way, while a Sky win hurts their World Tour Ranking. It costs nothing for the UCI and race organizers to investigate. Sweeping it under the rug adds to impression that UCI reamins as corrupt as ever. There was a photographer just behind the crash, ask for their, along with other still photographers photos. Get all the video feeds. They have numerous cameras on the course. Interview other riders and car drivers. Again, I don’t dislike FDJ or Demare, however, the outcome of the race is at stake, not some guy who finished back in the pack. At this point, I fear that everyone involved will just clam up and forget what they saw.

  • Neuron1

    Just trying to get my head around this: Nibali took a tow for 100 meters and was thrown out of the race for ” a flagrent rules violation” Gregor Brown, Velonews quoting TJvG, which lasted less than 10 seconds, yet we are told thay Demair’s may have lasted this long, but since there is no video, there is no violation. Wow, moral relativism in action.


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