they are coming!#letsalltakeapicture71st Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2016

Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 15, 2016

Photography by Kristof Ramon, Cor Vos

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In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet wins stage six of Tirreno-Adriatico; Sagan to keep fighting for overall victory; One day before Tirreno showdown, Van Avermaet admits time trial is not his preferred discipline; Van Garderen loses overall chance of success due to being caught in a crash; Vos nabs top 10 finish in first race; eager for more; Rogers says he partly understands Nibali’s frustration, but says group unity is important; Van den Driessche quits cyclocross, abandons defence against mechanical doping allegations; New claims over Pantani’s disqualification from 1999 Giro d’Italia; Cookson confirms he will stand for re-election as UCI president; Bradley Wiggins at YESSS launch; Brompton – An IoT sensor platform for smarter city cycling apps; Mechanic vs Carer Race to Fill 20 Bidons

Tirreno Adriatico 2016 stage 6

Van Avermaet wins stage six of Tirreno-Adriatico

by Shane Stokes

Previously regarded as a rider who, more often that not, misses out on the biggest wins, Greg Van Avermaet’s continued progression in the peloton continued Monday with double success at Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Belgian BMC Racing Team rider won the penultimate stage of the race and, with it, took over the race lead heading into the final day. He outsprinted Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) after the world champion appeared to open up his gallop too early, going with over 250 metres to go.

The duo were part of an eight man group which went clear on the first of two finishing laps. Also present were 2014 world champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky), Sagan’s team-mates Daniele Bennatti and Oscar Gato, plus the Etixx-QuickStep trio of Fernando Gaviria, Guido Trentin and Zdenek Stybar.

With 20 kilometres to go they had 14 seconds but while the bunch chased hard, the junction was never made.

This group was eventually whittled down to Van Avermaet, Sagan, Kwiatkowski and Stybar, with Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) leading in the bunch seven seconds adrift of the winner.

Stage 6: Castelraimondo > Cepagatti - Stage Result

Monday 14th March 2016

1. be
VAN AVERMAET Greg
BMC Racing Team
04:34:14
2. sk
SAGAN Peter
Tinkoff
-
3. pl
KWIATKOWSKI Michal
Team Sky
0:02
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Today’s feature image shows fans standing in the road to take photos of the oncoming peloton at the 2016 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and was taken by Kristof Ramon.

  • Roger That

    Psst… Femke Van den Driessche is a Belgie, not a Dutchie. Any news on the parrots?

    • Shane Stokes

      Hey, sorry – that was an error from an earlier version of the story, fixed now. No word on them as yet!

  • Superpilot

    1)dunno whats up with my PC, but IE keeps resetting on CT. 2) No mention of the tacking at the Perth UCI gran fondo qualifier? I’m picking nothing will happen until someone dies. Sad really.

  • martin

    I was hoping Peter shaving his legs would make all the difference but still second…

    • Arfy

      His calves are too big to be aero. (Just waiting for someone to catch on and get aero calf implants.)

      • martin

        calf fairings perhaps…

  • Tim Ashton

    Those Pantani conspiracy stories just don’t disappear! Anyone who hasn’t should give the Matt Rendell book on Marco a read. It was well researched, well written and stays away from outlandish theories on mafia etc.

    • jules

      I’ve read the Rendell book and it’s very good but it doesn’t disprove the mafia theory. I have no evidence in support of the mafia theory, but nevertheless consider it plausible. They would have that sort of influence to execute it and fixing sports events for gambling profits would be right up their alley.

      • Tim Ashton

        Sorry I didnt meant his book disproved the mafia theory. It was more just a comment that is an evidence based booked rather than the dozens of conspiracy theories and unsubstantiated stories that have flown around since Pantani died.

  • Ross

    Could Femke Van den Driessche take up MTBing or road cycling or is she banned from all UCI events?

    • Steel

      Good to see her drop her defense is a somewhat humble manner. Say hello Essendon football club. But really, I’d have like to her to come out and admit the mistake more fully. The ‘I have no defense as the bike was in the pits’ line leaves open the possibility that she still thinks she was duped by a training partner who accidentally swapped in a bike of the exact same make, size and set up as hers. I don’t buy that for a second.

    • Dave

      All cycling disciplines at all levels sanctioned by the UCI or the UCI’s member federations, and all other sports with mutual recognition.

  • Laurens

    Yay! The Netherlands have a queen again! Welcome back Marianne!

  • Bex

    Anyone know why Talansky pulled out of Paris Nice? thought he’d be going ok this season.

    • Bex

      never mind, he crashed out requiring stitches. found it on steephill.

  • bc

    I’m surprised Jungels wasn’t mentioned. He must be a big chance to pull back 21sec

  • Frank Kotter

    I sadly don’t have the time to really investigate the media landscape so I don’t know who should receive my compliment, but those behind this site are really doing an incredible job. I started noticing once SS was brought on-board and since that time this outlet has become my ‘go to’. Shane provides an strong sense of moral and professional integrity to me and the other contributors add a level of both creativity in editorial ideas and quality of writing which keeps me coming back.

    Compliments to the graphics dept. as well. They don’t suck.

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