In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan solos to his first Monument success at the Tour of Flanders; Lizzie Armitstead wins the Tour of Flanders with a bike throw; Michael Matthews wins the Vuelta Ciclista a La Rioja; Ion Izagirre claims the GP Miguel Indurain; Cyril Gautier wins Paris-Camembert; Greg Van Avermaet out of Paris-Roubaix and Amstel Gold Race following Flanders crash; Doctor claims he gave British Tour de France riders and other sportspeople banned substances; Cookson sceptical about doctor’s doping claims in undercover investigation; UCI decision on Femke Van den Driessche coming soon; Dan Lloyd signs with then retires from Team Dimension Data; Google’s self-riding bicycle?; Giant-Alpecin mechanic hit by Etixx-QuickStep car at the Tour of Flanders.
Daily News Digest
World champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) has won the 100th edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen in thrilling style, following an attack from Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) with 30km remaining, then attacking breakaway companion Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo) over the final cobbled climb to ride the final 10 kilometres alone.
Behind, Vanmarcke and three-time Flanders winner Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) chased, but Sagan held them off to win his first Monument.
Sagan dedicated the victory to Antoine Demoitié and Daan Myngheer, two young Belgian riders who died last week after separate racing incidents — Demoitié following a crash at Gent-Wevelgem, and Myngheer due to a heart attack at Criterium International.
“It was a super hard race, from the start to the finish, it was always full gas,” Sagan said. “I had a problem after 100km, I had to change both wheels. There were a lot of crashes. I have to thank my team. They did a great job. I also have to also think about the two guys who died last week. It’s very sad, and I want to dedicate this to them.”
Trek - Segafredo
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon and shows Fabian Cancellara leading Sep Vanmarcke in their chase of solo leader Peter Sagan in yesterday’s Tour of Flanders.