Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 23, 2016

Photography by Cor Vos, Kristof Ramon, Oran Kelly

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bouhanni repeats on stage two of Volta a Catalunya; Dwars door Vlaanderen likely to go ahead, but final decision rests with Belgian government; Dennis forced to withdraw from Volta Ciclista a Catalunya due to illness; Contador looking forward to Catalunya mountains: “I feel in good shape”; Froome awaiting chance to gauge form after long absence from competition; This is my life: the rise, fall and dreams of Li Fuyu; Podcast: What Twitter has done for women’s cycling; USA Cycling website hacked, members instructed to create new passwords; World Cycling League series makes its debut in California; Peter Stetina on his recovery from a brutal accident last year; Heat 2 Car Park Climb; Surviving the Crash: Your Legal Rights in a Bicycle Accident; Setback with Ben King

Bouhanni repeats on stage two of Volta a Catalunya

by VeloClub

Once again underlining the jump in his level this year, Nacer Bouhanni sped to a second successive stage victory in the Volta a Catalunya on Tuesday. Benefitting from a fine leadout by his Cofidis team, he showed plenty of pace inside the final 200 metres, leading from the front and holding off Gianni Meersman Etixx – Quick-Step), former world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team), Aleksei Tsatevich (Team Katusha) and the rest of the main bunch.

Wearing the race leader’s jersey, he further bolstered his advantage and ended the day 14 seconds clear of Ben Swift (Team Sky) and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal).

“This is a very important victory for me and for my team, the fourth of the year,” he said in the post-race press conference. “It is a good way to begin the season. It was a hard, difficult finale for me because it stung a bit [with an uphill on the run in – ed.]. My teammates launched me very well and I hung on to take the victory.”

Early on, De Gendt, Maxime Bouet (Etixx-QuickStep), Kamil Gradek (Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team) and Boris Dron (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) attacked, opening a big lead.

De Gendt was the last to be caught, pushing ahead 25 kilometres from the line. However his solo move wasn’t enough to fend off the chase mounted by Cofidis, who were confident Bouhanni could deliver once again.

Stage 2: Mataró > Olot - Stage Result

Tuesday 22nd March 2016

1. fr
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
2. be
Etixx - Quick Step
3. be
GILBERT Philippe
BMC Racing Team
The CyclingTips Daily News Digest features the most important and interesting news and content from around the cycling world, published every weekday morning at 9am AEST. Get it delivered straight to your inbox.

Today’s feature image is from last year’s Tour of Flanders and was taken by Cor Vos.