In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Timothy Dupont wins the 71st edition of Nokere Koerse; Opinion – Why Van den Driessche’s decision to walk away from cycling is a regrettable one; How not to organise a bike race – The ongoing chaos of the inaugural Tour of Sarawak; Campagnolo reveals prototype disc brakes; Campagnolo announces new mid-range Potenza groupset; Former pro Phil Zajicek loses arm after vehicle collision in Colorado; Extra security to feature at this year’s Tour of Flanders; Delayed season start working wonders for Michael Matthews; Cheung King Lok signs with Orica-GreenEdge; Why are elite athletes using Meldonium, a drug meant for the elderly?; ‘El Ciclista Futurista’ – Nairo Quintana’s high school ceramics sculpture; Trek-Segafredo looks forward to the cobbled Classics; Exploding airbag bike prank; Adam Hansen to skip the Giro d’Italia?
Daily News Digest
Timothy Dupont (Verandas Willems) has won the uphill bunch sprint to claim victory in the Belgian mid-week semi-classic Nokere Koerse.
In a race that featured seven WorldTour teams it was the Belgian Continental team Verandas Willems that took the spoils as Dupont outpaced Team Joker’s Kristoffer Halvorsen and LottoNL–Jumbo’s Dylan Groenewegen in the dash for the line.
There had been a breakaway setting the pace earlier in the day but those riders were accounted for as the race approached its conclusion. Cofidis, Bora-Argon18 and Sky did much of the pacemaking in the final kilometres. But in the sprint it was Dupont that burst clear of the bunch in the closing metres, winning with a bike throw.
Verandas Willems Cycling Team
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon and shows Moreno Hofland battling the elements in the GP Samyn earlier this season.