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Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 4, 2016

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.

Peter Sagan solos to his first Monument success at the Tour of Flanders

by Neal Rogers

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.”


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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.

  • Dave

    I’d go with closer to 10 days than 7 for the Femke announcement – it would seem the UCI’s lawyers have advised them to wait for the deadline for an appeal to CAS which is 14 April.

  • Marcus

    Great race last night, I’m going to suffer for it today though. Caffeine is the order of the day.

    • Tell me about it.

    • Michele

      Well I was stupid enough to watch the F1 and the T20 final after the Ronde last night.

      Was brilliant race though.

      Not that Sep would’ve beaten him in the spint, but classy stuff by him to allow Fabian to soak in the final metres of his final RVV.

      • Dave

        The ridiculous meltdown by Stokes in the T20 final was a hilariously excellent example of what can go wrong when athletes get so caught up in petty personal disputes that they can’t focus on their game. Samuels put the pressure on him and he cracked.

        Coaches of all sports should watch it, laugh at it, and then pay more attention to their athletes mental preparation as a result of it.

    • I was supposed to be on a flight to Belgium last night but got a call from the airline telling me that their services to Brussels has been cancelled. Super-bummed to be watching Flanders on TV and not there this week! Need coffee…

      • Marcus

        Don’t think coffee will suffice for this one.

      • jules

        ouch. maybe fly into Amsterdam or somewhere and train it across?

        • Michele

          Harden up I say Wade….

          Fly into Amsterdam and ride down there :)

          • Dave

            Or Liege, or Lille, or Antwerp.

            Whatever Ryanair like to call Brussels is probably even further away than any of those options.

      • Sean

        Heading over this week for a month. It looks like our connecting flight has been cancelled, will find out tomorrow but will prob have to fly into Düsseldorf or Frankfurt instead.

      • paris_roubaix1973

        you will be on Paris-Roubaix? I want take a beer with you ! ;-)

    • Ben

      Totally worth it!

      Which is why I will do it again next Sunday for PR! and then the Sunday after that for Amstel! and then the Sunday after that for LBL…

      …Love classics season :-)

      • Steel

        P-r is very watchable though as the action really starts around 9.30-10 aest, as the riders approach the arenberg forest. Whereas I find Flanders gets going a bit later and therefore easier to convince yourself bed is the correct option.

  • Jason de Puit

    Emma Johansson’s helmet is awesome!

  • Andy B

    It was always just a matter of time for Sagan but what a way to do it! awesome stuff!
    Looking forward to next sunday now, I’m sure Cancellera will be hungrier than ever

    • Michele

      Now that Sagan has (finally) was a classic, would love to see Cancellara win P-R.

      And, yep, he will be hungry.

  • Andy B

    Nice pick up on the mechanic being run over, I saw it on the coverage and found it odd the commentators missed it and nothing was said
    Glad to hear it wasn’t too bad

  • Lach

    Sagans seated climb was phenomenal to watch. Dropped everyone on the only climb to work this morning….

    • Steel

      Just don’t yell saaaaaggggaaaaannnn out loud as you pass everyone. That comes across a bit weird.

      • jules

        or wear a rainbow jersey on your commute

        • Michele

          Or a top knot.

          • Dave

            Wheelies are a giveaway as well.

        • Winky

          Or pinch anyone’s bum when you get to work….

    • spicelab

      Eerily reminiscent of Cancellara dropping Boonen on the Muur in 2010 (and no, I’m not implying anything here).

      • Sean Doyle

        Not really. Sagans surge wasn’t as brutal as Fabs. The gap that was opened up that day on the Muur was ridiculous. He was motoring away from Boonen. ( yes , I know, very overused joke)

  • Superpilot

    CT should do a story on Oranje Roompot and how they’ve been running disks in multiple events without the sky falling on our heads, increased nose to tail accidents in wet conditions, or suffering extended delays changing flats. Would be interesting to ask their mechanics if they take extra precautions to avoid punctures (sealant or heavier tyres), and if they change wheels or entire bikes when they have a flat.

    • There’s an article in the latest “Fiets” (English: Bicycle) magazine here in the Netherlands, with exactly this subject.
      Some riders are really positive about the better braking they experience. Not all riders ride every race with disks brakes. The main problem they’ve experienced is that they’ve had trouble changing wheels. Although wheels seem to have the same setup, they sometimes get brake rub. For now they’ve settled on having designated wheels for bikes, but this does mean that changing wheels between teammates may cause problems in a race. They’re working with SRAM to get this sorted.
      They are also experimenting with different rotor sizes (started on 160mm, some now use 140mm).

      There’s nothing about preventing puntures with heavier tires in the article. I could imagine riders not agreeing with that.

  • Cam

    Stijn Devolder paid the price for Cancellara missing the move, ouch.


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