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Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 10, 2016


In today’s Daily News Digest: BMC Racing Team wins stage one of Tirreno-Adriatico; Stage three of Paris-Nice cancelled due to snow and cold; Will Clarke wins penultimate stage of the Tour of Taiwan; Riders question why no plan B was in place at Paris-Nice; Gilbert’s Milan-San Remo preparation hampered by Paris-Nice withdrawal; Van Garderen happy with early time gain; Horner, Dombrowski among riders expected as Tour of Utah announces 12 of 16 teams; Adam Yates aiming high in Tirreno-Adriatico; Operacion Puerto bloodbag ruling expected by end of this month; Taipei Cycle Show 2016: New bikes from Ridley and Fuji, new brakes from TRP; End of an alliance?; Marco Pinotti on BMC Racing Team victory in Tirreno-Adriatico; Boonen and friends in the latest LIDL ad; Quintana training at home in Colombia; More wackiness from Michele Scarponi

BMC Racing Team wins stage one of Tirreno-Adriatico

by Shane Stokes

The BMC Racing Team showed the speed and technique which earned it victory in the past two world time trial championships when it raced to success on day one of Tirreno-Adriatico on Wednesday.

The squad included four of those from the gold medal-winning championships, namely Taylor Phinney, Tejay van Garderen, Manuel Quinziato and Daniel Oss. The latter led the group across the line and, when the dust settled and the victors were clear, donned the blue jersey of race leadership.

Second was the Etixx-QuickStep riders, two seconds back, with FDJ a surprising third, nine seconds down. The Tinkoff Team was fourth, 11 seconds back, and will hope that Oleg Tinkov was joking this week when he threatened to pull their funding and instead support Maria Sharapova if they didn’t win.

Orica-GreenEdge is normally competitive in such races but was only ninth, 25 seconds back. The 22.7 kilometre race against the clock in and around Lido di Camaiore was even more disappointing for the Cannondale team, which crashed out on the course.

Three riders fell, including the team’s planned Giro leader Rigoberto Uran. These fortunately don’t appear to be badly hurt, but the team finished last, two minutes and three seconds back.

Stage 1 (TTT): Lido di Camaiore > Lido di Camaiore - Stage Result

Wednesday 9th March 2016

BMC Racing Team
Etixx - Quick Step
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  • Nick Clark

    Out of interest, why don’t BMC wear the rainbow stripes as defending TTT world champs? Is it because it’s a trade teams event?

    • Can’t you tell they’re sporting a itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny little logo indicating that they’re champs a little above the B ? Neither could I, until I squinted really hard.

      • Nick Clark

        Must’ve missed it…

  • martin

    How long can Operation Puerto drag on for? The secrets those blood bags must hold..

    • velocite

      Are the delays caused by the sometimes inevitable legal technicalities part and parcel of the rule of law, or is it bent? On a basis of profound ignorance I lean to the latter..

      • martin

        Given that it’s the Spanish courts ultimately deciding the fate of mostly top end Spanish athletes I’d go with bent.

      • jules

        I attended a presentation by a senior govt. official once who was tasked with making some major changes (and I mean major). He said that the first thing he did was ‘sack all the lawyers’.

        People hold lawyers (and judges – same thing) and their interpretations of law in unjustifiably high esteem. Often they just amount to opinions – in this case, I’d suggest political forces are pulling the strings. There doesn’t appear to be any clear-cut law on the fate of the blood bags here, which gives their judges carte blanche to make whichever decision they want.

        • velocite

          I don’t have any particular respect for lawyers, but I do recognize that there can be unwonted complications without there necessarily being corruption. But to the distant observer this Puerto thing looks spectacularly, obstinately like a cover up. That’s kind of why I wonder about it: how can they get away with it? Destroying evidence judicially? Amazing.

          • jules

            the legal argument for destroying the bags seems to be along the lines of that the case was brought against Dr Fuentes for endangering athletes’ health, not against the athletes for doping. and as such, the seizing of evidence (blood bags) can only be used for that purpose.

            on the other hand, common sense would tell you that they have clear evidence of a whole load of other athletes doping, so why not use the evidence to prove it?

            in between those two principles are a range of legal arguments, and also a fairly strong political agenda to ensure FC Barcelona and top flight tennis stars like Rafa Nadal do not become ‘collateral damage’ :-)

            • velocite

              Ah, the old ‘this clear evidence that my client committed the murder was obtained without a search warrant, so it’s inadmissable’ trick. I wonder if that works in France, with their investigating judges?

  • Avuncular

    When will people learn that social media spats always leave both parties sounding like prats. As for the glasses, I was more impressed by the size of the “cut glass” on the woman’s finger.

    • velocite

      A good thing she’s picking her nose with the other hand.

    • jules

      Vaughters’ and Tinkov’s social media fling has always been passive aggressive and headed for a sour ending

    • Buzz

      I’m just in awe of the bottle of 2009 D.R.C Montrachet…


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