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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 13, 2016

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In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Megan Guarnier wins Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria; Eight talking points from the 2016 Paris-Roubaix; The curious case of Oscar74: How USADA nabbed a masters doper; Orica-GreenEdge Backstage Pass: Mat Hayman’s Paris-Roubaix win; Boonen on Hayman’s Roubaix success: A guy like him really deserves the win; Gallery: How Ellen van Dijk won the Energiewacht Tour; Gilbert out for Brabantse Pijl, uncertain for Amstel Gold; How to become a faster sprinter; Why Show The Whole Race?; Energy drinks the cause of many sudden cardiac deaths in young people, researchers find; Fishing line tied across bike paths; Police officer chases down thief on the bike he was trying to steal; Inside the commentary box with Matthew Keenan & Robbie McEwen; Roadside video at the crash of Cancellara; Koen Dekort takes us inside the famed showers of Roubaix

Megan Guarnier wins Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria

by Matt de Neef

U.S. national road champion Megan Guarnier has continued Boels-Dolmans’ dominance of the 2016 season, winning the one-day Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria in the Basque Country on Tuesday.

Guarnier got clear of the peloton in the hilly race with only Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) for company. The pair were able to hold off the chase from behind as Guarnier outsprinted Longo Borghini to take her first win of the season. Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5) completed the podium, winning the sprint in the 19-rider chase group which finished 42 seconds behind the two leaders.

The one-day Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria is the lead-up race for the five-stage Euskal Emakumeen XXIX Bira, also raced in the Basque Country, which begins today with a flat 3.3km prologue individual time trial.

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Today’s feature image is from Kristof Ramon, showing an IAM mechanic taking a shortcut around a crash on the course of the 114th Paris-Roubaix.

  • dbranson

    Loved the call of the race by Matthew Keenan and Robbie McEwen. Great insight, observation and emotion. I will be watching their call on repeat for a long time.

    • Looked like Robbie just wanted to give Matt a big hug!

      • Faz

        I think in future SBS should broadcast the commentary box as much as it does the race – picture in picture style. There was so much to love about watching Keenan and McEwen. When I saw the shorter clip I thought Keenan just outright brushed Robbie for the hug, but there was so much touch-feely in the lead up the hug wasn’t needed.

        • Robert Merkel

          I think at least some of the touchy-feely was to coordinate the commentary.

        • Ben Greeve

          Occasional crosses to the commentary box would be good. Keep the informal look though as I’ve seen far too awkward shots of commentators before.

  • Andy B

    Video of the crash shows how chaotic it can be
    Terpstra looked to be in a lot of pain? any word on his injuries?

    • Michele

      Im pretty sure he injured his left (?) knee during the fall.

      He did tweet about it:

      Suddenly my race was over.Luckily the injuries are not too bad.Now omw home for recovery time. #PR see ya nxt year!

      https://mobile.twitter.com/NikiTerpstra/status/719296244246581249

      In the video there’s Terpstra in the foetal position in immense pain being attended to, whilst his mechanic brings him a spare Spez to get going again.

      Those 15-30 seconds after a crash are just nuts. Riders getting straight back on without a consideration of their injuries. Others unable to get going again (Niki) but a mechanic hanging round, bike in hand, just in case.

      Another thing that is so unique about cycling is shown in that video.

      Fabian has crashed and he starts walking down the pavé. Doing so he gets a couple of pats of commiserations on his back. Obviously he gets back going and finishes. But what other sport gets you so close to the action that you can actually make physical contact with and assist a competitor mid race?

  • MadBlack

    The clip actually shows the speed they were hurtling along. And sagan directly on cancellara’s wheel can still react to what’s happening. This guy is unbelievable! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better evasive manoeuvre on the road ever! Sagan should give cyclocross a go for a laugh!

    • lefthandside

      He should race formula 1 with those reflexes

  • Dave

    Any updates on Mitch Docker’s condition? The text description on road.cc sounded pretty bad even without the accompanying photos.

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