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Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 16, 2016

Photography by Kristof Ramon, Cor Vos, Giant-Alpecin

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet wins Tirreno-Adriatico as Cancellara takes final stage; Cancellara: This win was special; Van Avermaet: Luck is on my side this year; Sagan philosophical in defeat; Report: Prosecutor concludes Mafia did play a role in Pantani’s 1999 Giro disqualification; Brammeier explains his criticism of Nibali: “Riders all have to pull together”; Degenkolb: Return to racing slated for May; focus is on Tour de France; Gilbert out of Milan-Sanremo, Van Avermaet handed team leadership; Introducing the Ella Ambassador program; Rising US cyclocross star Stephen Hyde to race on the road with Cylance-InCycle; Hoy tips Wiggins for Olympic gold; Onboard camera from Paris-Nice stage 7; Best of Paris-Nice 2016; Team Novo Nordisk on riding Milan-San Remo 2016; I Am Specialized trailer

Van Avermaet wins Tirreno-Adriatico as Cancellara takes final stage

by Shane Stokes

Following his stage victory and jump into the race lead on Monday, Greg Van Avermaet fended off his closest rivals in Tuesday’s concluding time trial and won the race overall. The 10.1 kilometre race against the clock was won by Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo), who beat Johan Le Bon (FDJ) by a solid 13 seconds and Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) by 15.

Van Avermaet finished back in 23rd place, conceding 31 seconds, but still did enough to win outright. He held off Peter Sagan (Team Tinkoff), who did what he could to scoop the overall and his first race as world champion, but finished up slightly short.

The Slovakian ended up one second back, with Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep) 23 seconds behind and thus rounding out the podium.

The trio were not on the list of top pre-race favourites, but the cancellation of the queen stage due to fears over bad weather ensured that the climbers were not able to take the advantage. Contenders such as Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) were frustrated by that, but Van Avermaet, Sagan and Jungels aren’t complaining.

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Tuesday 15th March 2016

1. be
BMC Racing Team
2. sk
3. lu
Etixx - Quick Step
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Today’s feature image is from the 2016 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne and was taken by Kristof Ramon.

  • pedr09

    I don’t buy the “I had riders in the bunch” excuse from Van Avermaet either. He did what he had to do to beat Sagan from the lead group but I don’t think he deserved the stage win or the title. Sagan and the other riders fully committed to staying away, Greg didn’t and then used a flimsy excuse rather than just admitting he saved himself for the sprint.

  • Avuncular

    A couple of those Novo Nordisk riders remind me a little of Woody Allen dressed for the part as a nervous sperm in “Everything you always wanted to know about sex.”

    • Arfy

      Well cycling is a bit like a sperm race, it’s only the first one across the line that counts.

  • kristin

    It’s a valid point from Sagan and I feel for him, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a lot of pressure on GVA from BMC to not race against TJ.

  • Dave

    Losing his favourite race to one of his former teammates at Sky won’t do anything good for Richie Porte’s confidence.


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