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Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 3, 2016

Photography by Aaron Lee, Adrian Hoe, Kristof Ramon, Cor Vos, Brakethrough Media


In today’s Daily News Digest: Van Rensburg wins Le Tour de Langkawi as Guardini clocks up fourth stage win; Terpstra wins Le Samyn with impressive solo attack; Original motor whistleblowers speak out; Alberto Contador says he and Tinkoff Team will aim for victory in Paris-Nice; Strava account apparently owned by Chris Froome deleted hours after being identified; Wildcard teams announced for the Tour de France; Varnish slams British coaches after missing Olympic qualification; Top UCI teams to contest Women’s Tour of California; 2016 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Teaser; DreamBig: The Nicole Frybortova Story


Van Rensburg wins Le Tour de Langkawi as Guardini clocks up fourth stage win

by Shane Stokes

One year after his teammate Youcef Reguigui won the race, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg made it two in a row for his Dimension Data team when he won the overall classification in Le Tour de Langkawi. The South African finished safely in the main bunch on a final stage to Melaka, rolling home behind the stage winner Andrea Guardini.

Guardini was once again the quickest in the dash to the line, sealing his fourth stage win of the race and 22nd career victory in the event.

“I’m happy to win here again in Melaka. I remember very well when I first did it in 2012,” the Italian said. “I knew there was a head wind to finish but I sprinted with a good timing. It would have been hard to get better results than four stage wins in eight days of racing. The fights for sprinting have all been highly competitive.”

Van Rensburg added to his overall lead early on when he won a time bonus in an intermediate sprint. After that, See Keong Loh (Malaysian national team), Joo Yong Seo (KSPO) and Ho San Chiu (HKSI) attacked and opened a strong lead, but they were hauled in inside the final 30 kilometres.

Van Rensburg’s success came in his first participation in the race, and he admitted he was nervous.

“I was counting down the kilometres and I was relieved when I saw the three kilometres to go mark. This is my first stage race victory since 2012 [when he joined the World Tour]. It’s been a long time. This is definitely the biggest win of my career. It’s a UCI H.C. race, a very important one.”

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Wednesday 2nd March 2016

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Dimension Data
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JARAMILLO DIEZ Daniel Alexander
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
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LóPEZ Miguel Ángel
Astana Pro Team
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Today’s feature image was taken by Aaron Lee/Impressions Studio during stage six of the 2016 Le Tour de Langkawi.

  • VELOcamp

    CT – happy to report that since the successful implementation of the new NSW cycling laws, Sydney has become an even more unpleasant and downright dangerous city to cycle in.

    It seems that motorists have taken the execution of these new laws as their win, and therefore regard cyclists as having even less of a right to cycle on the road. This is leaving a visible and frightening undercurrent of tension between the two transport types, and for the first time ever, I have contemplated the unthinkable of not cycle-commuting in the morning. It is early days, but I have found this seems especially prevalent with state run buses and taxis, who are repeatedly performing dangerous and unnecessary manoeuvres just to prove a point.

    Only yesterday I was told by a kind hearted taxi driver that “I’m gonna squash you right against that f—ing truck, if you don’t get out of my way c—.“ I was overtaking a stopped bus, having clearly signalled, which when he saw, actively sped up towards me.

    Seeing as the State Government is not fighting our cause by providing proper infrastructure and support, we as cyclists need to (again) somehow repair links between both drivers and pedestrians by creating a culture of mutual respect so they might take into account our safety.

    I believe one solution would be to form an alliance of both drivers and cyclists, most notably involving taxi unions, bus drivers and companies that employ a fleet of drivers.

    Both parties would put together some very basic vows, the simplest being “I promise I will not run red lights or ride on pavements” on the cyclist’s side, and “I promise to give cyclists ample space” on the driver’s side.

    In order to visibly show these vows, member cyclists would wear visible specific coloured arm bands, while drivers would show visible branded bumper stickers. The idea is that members look out for each other and vow to respect each other, driven by the promise of exemplary behaviour.

    With good publicity, and with proper sanctions against both offending riders and offending drivers, those cyclists who visibly show that they behave as the law states cyclists should, would be safer on the roads, as drivers would hopefully give them a greater sense of respect.

    Slowly this could change culture, and then not only might drivers change the way they drive, but all cyclists change the way they cycle. Only once this horrible culture starts to change, then conditions might start to improve with it.

    • winkybiker

      Sadly, the new laws simply validate and justify the resentment, hatred and aggression. The average motorist now has this legislative change as hard evidence that they were right all along. It goes something like this…..

      “I told you so, cyclists were always at fault for the accidents. They simply had to be brought into line. Fine them until they comply or just get them off the roads. They get away with anything they like – That must be an issue, see, we’re making them carry I.D. Cycling on the roads is unacceptably dangerous (it’s simple physics, duh) – See, they have to wear silly plastic hats for it even to be remotely safe. But they’re so unconcerned for their own safety that we have to fine them to get them to do even that. All of these things must be important and I must be right. After-all, it’s the law. But I wonder why they aren’t required to pay road tax. My mode of transport, the car, is inherently safe once the cyclists are brought into line or eliminated altogether. I pay my way through my rego and fuel taxes. Nothing more is required from me.”

      I grew up in NSW but will never return.

    • Mark Blackwell

      NSW changes look like a spectacularly bad trade to me: we get one metre passing laws in return for heavier penalties for running red lights etc. 95% of drivers won’t know or care about the 1m laws and the remaining 5% of drivers who do overtake with 1m of clearance will just annoy everyone waiting behind them. Net result: we’ll get one driver giving us room and then the next 10 drivers zooming past and shaking fists out the window.

      Or am I missing something?

      I like the idea of armbands and bumper stickers. These things are better done as a community pact than hard-letter law.

      • velocite

        I think you are missing the main thing. There’s silver bullet, no one thing that will cause better road sharing between vehicles and bikes, but the metre clearance rule seems to me like a necessary move. At present the road rules provide no guidance whatsoever – so long as the vehicle doesn’t hit the bike that’s OK, and even if he does the driver’s guilt is uncertain. Consider Richard Pollett, killed by a truck whose driver ‘honestly thought there was room’, and found not guilty by a jury. In Brisbane, before their metre rule was introduced. I’m not actually sure how this rule would have affected that situation, but I would be interested in a legal expert’s opinion.

        In my experience of riding in countries with vastly superior bicycle acceptance the metre clearance rules are a well understood part of the landscape. If you want drivers to give you some clearance you need to educate them: and the road rules have got to be the place to start.

        So, I disagree with you, obviously: I think the ‘trade’ is a good one. I speak as a Victorian, and I would trade our current situation with yours. But there is a move here to introduce the clearance rule, so we may well catch up.

    • Abdu

      #responsible_riders is a grass roots sticker campaign, put simply in your rear window it says “I am a driver and a rider and I commit to being responsible when doing both”.

      Check it out on Instagram.

    • MalindaRKyser

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  • Michele

    Luke should have used the force, or at least the Settings options, so as to make his account private.

    • Nitro

      Wonder if Lord Vader or someone else on the Dark side of the force mandated that his account be removed…

      If so – that’s a shame. Ok, hide the power numbers, hide the HR numbers, but let us have some fun by allowing us to compare ourselves to the pros…

      How good would it be to see Chris Froome, sorry, Luke Skywalker as KOM on the Arthurs Seat segment ?!?

  • Tyron Anton

    That Froome is so afraid of people seeing his cold, hard, unedited data is an indictment on him and on Sky. If you keep hiding things then it’s obvious that you’ve got something to hide.

    • jules

      such as.. his form from opponents?

    • Arfy

      Froome would’ve setup the Strava account, so it’s unlikely he’s afraid of people seeing his data. I’d say it was Sky who told him to pull it after it got into the press.

      • jules

        indeed. obviously he knew it was likely to be spotted. he’s just having a bit of fun. there’s no need to read conspiracy into it.

    • Adam Fuller

      Seriously? You want a top pro to make all of his training rides available to his competitors because the “transparency” will lesson you suspicion he’s on the juice? As much as I’d love to be able to follow Froome on Strava I respect his need for confidentiality. I also don’t understand the constant hounding of riders that have not tested positive versus the acceptance of those that have and the returned after their suspension only to perform at the same level. Surely they are more suspicious?

    • Abdu

      Because every other top sports person, race driver etc. puts their training data on the net for fans.

      Oh, they don’t…

  • winkybiker

    I have no idea what Varnish’s beef really is, but a professional would work this out in private..

  • velocite

    Hallelujah! For the first time in 8 stages Matthew Harley Goss finishes in the lead bunch..


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