Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 7, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Marcel Kittel takes record  fourth Scheldeprijs win; Stephen Cummings wins third stage of Tour of the Basque Country; Coquard and Vorobyev claim Sarthe stage wins; Benjamin Hill wins Tour of Thailand overall; With Roubaix record on the line, Boonen still convinced he can win; Tinkoff management look to secure new title sponsor by end of the Giro d’Italia; Sagan transfer rumors heat up post-Flanders win; Ten days after Demoitié’s death, what’s the latest on motorbike safety?; Boels-Dolmans’ recipe for success; Amateur cyclist believed to be behind doping doctor investigation; Uncertainty surrounds Vansummeren return; Lance Armstrong accused of withholding information in federal lawsuit; Promo video for the Schaal Sels-Merksem; Orica-GreenEdge’s backstage pass video from Flanders

Marcel Kittel takes record fourth Scheldeprijs win

by Mark Zalewski

Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) won a wet Scheldeprijs ahead of Mark Canvendish (Dimension Data) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal). The victory gives the German the record with four wins.

Typical Classics weather made for cautious racing with Paris-Roubaix ahead on Sunday. The peloton entered the final circuits all together and they kept it that way for the three laps, ensuring a bunch sprint.

Starting the final lap it was Lotto-Soudal,  Team Sky and Trek-Segafredo taking turns on the front. With 2km to go Etixx-QuickStep put their team on the front, challenging Lotto-Soudal, but no team could seem to mass the numbers for very long.

Inside the final kilometre the weather thinned the peloton to just the sprint favourites. Etixx-QuickStep had the initiative with two on the front working for Kittel, with Cavanedish linking onto the Etixx train.

“It’s a great victory and a great start for me, said Kittel. “I said before the race the [record] is not what I’m racing for, I’m racing for the joy of riding my bike. If I get the [record] that is great too.”

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Today’s featured image comes from Cor Vos showing the pain of the close win by Marcel Kittel over Mark Cavendish at Scheldeprijs.