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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 15, 2016


In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: McClay wins GP de Denain; Johansson wins Euskal Emakumeen, stage 1; By the numbers: What it takes to win Paris-Roubaix; UCI makes it official: disc brake use is suspended pending further talks; Eddy Merckx: Disc brakes too dangerous for racing; How to beat the dreaded post race blues; Adriano Malori continues to improve; Philippe Gilbert to race Amstel Gold; WADA amends position on meldonium positives; Three Weeks To The Giro; Profile: Velocio’s Tayler Wiles; 1 in 20 among Melbourne roads closed this Sunday morning; Boonen on the 2016 Paris-Roubaix

McClay wins GP de Denain

by Mark Zalewski

Daniel McClay (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) won the GP de Denain, weaving his way from far back in the bunch to take the field sprint, ahead of Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie) and Kenny Dehaes (Wanty-Groupe Gobert).

The sprint itself was destined far out from the finish, with the peloton keeping the speed high. From the overhead it seemed that Boudat had the win in his grasp from the left side, with Baptiste Planckaert (Wallonie-Bruxelles) fading on the right and Dehaes having to fight with riders to even come around Boudat. That’s when McClay managed to weave through the bunch as if he had an extra gear.

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Today’s feature image is from Kristof Ramon showing Enrico Gasparotto trying to make the jump away from Tony Gallopin to eventual race winner Petr Vakoc on the last climb towards the finish of the 56th De Brabantse Pijl.

  • Arfy

    So Eddy Merkx now gets on his soapbox because he was “proven right”. But the only thing he proves is that commentators like him shouldn’t be taken too seriously when he says “carbon wheels with aluminium rims” should be mandated. It’s just stupid that any rule should be drawn up to restrict engineering solutions to particular materials, rather the engineering rules should state the performance requirements of the product – commonly known as the “product specification” – and then let the engineers work out how best to meet them. The “Eddy knows best” approach is how the UCI got stuck with silly rules like the minimum bicycle weight.

    • Well, you can’t argue the fact that aluminum brake tract is the safer and more reliable than carbon clincher or tubular. Specifically during big descents.

      • Arfy

        I actually ride on aluminium rims with a carbon fairings for that reason, but I’m not closed-minded enough to think there won’t be another solution available tomorrow. Once the rule’s written it’s very hard to change, so they need to get it right the first time.

        • peter

          He’s not saying they shouldn’t exist at all , just that they shouldn’t be used in road races.

    • Stompin

      Its about safety, not engineering.

      • Arfy

        You put the safety requirements into the product specification, just like we already do for everything else we use that has a safety requirement. The way you do it is you specify something like “needs to apply for xx brake force for yy minutes without exceeding zz temperature on the rim”, and you make this closely match the worst-case scenario. In fact you could have several profiles, say one to profile long descents with lower gradient and one to profile high gradients. It’s wrong to think that specifying materials gives inherent safety.

    • OverIt

      Agree, Eddy == Amazing rider. Eddy Amazing engineer. But I do believe they should not have been introduced without guards. That was poor foresight.

      Simple safety solutions exist, just adapt what’s out there for things like motocross etc.

      • alpuncho

        This is great for motocross, not too sure this is a good idea on a 6.8kg bike when you got hit by strong cross wind .
        For road racing , disc brake is a solution for a problem which did not exist.

        • OverIt

          I’d not make it ‘exactly’ like this, precisely for the reasons you suggest. I think you need to cover the rotor edge in the same way, and then perforate the interior of the cover for allow airflow and minimize the x-wind effect you mention. Then if you’re still unhappy with the aerodynamic effects, use rim brakes. :)

        • pedr09

          I just don’t agree with the “solution to a problem that didn’t exist” mantra. Everything undergoes changes which improve performance, look at shifting or frame construction. Pro’s used to happily ride steel frames with non-indexed downtube shifters. Were indexed shifters “a solution to a problem that didn’t exist”? The discussion here is not about whether the new technology is better, clearly it is, but whether it is safe, and that is not clear.

          • jules

            yes. whether disc brakes are a “solution to a problem that didn’t exist” is irrelevant.

            are they safe enough? if yes, then allow them. if not, then ban them.

            how useful they are beyond a minimum level of required safety is up to teams in whether they choose to run them or rim brakes.

    • Cameron Harris

      I especially like the bit where it mentioned that Merckx bikes have disc brake options. ROFL.

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  • Michele

    Great video with Tommeke.

    Sometimes you can be happy with second. That shot of him and Hayman on the podium is brilliant. In years to come that image will tell a story by itself.

    • Michele

      Forgot to add ?

  • Dave

    Tayler Wiles rides with Orica-AIS these days.

  • jules

    I was just looking at road closures for Women’s Ascent on Sunday and I gotta say – that’s ambitious. a lot of locals don’t have alternative routes to take and will be locked in to their homes for a couple of hours. why not hold it out at Donna/Warburton?

    • Dave

      I agree. The traffic plans would suggest this is an event with plenty of runs on the board and a regular attendance of 8,000-10,000 participants – is it?

      Anything less than that and it should be able to be done using one way closures and speed restrictions for most of the route. Full closures should be limited to a small number of short sections (e.g. the first 5km from the start, a climb or two and sketchy descents) which have adequate diversionary routes, and escorts provided for local residents on all closed roads. Get this right and there will be considerable local goodwill for the event, people will recognise the event has made an effort.

      Do you know if there is a time cutoff for entering the eastern loop of the 100km route?

      • jules

        I’m sure there is a time cut-off, it will be a condition of the permit.

        I can see why the organisers were conservative with road closures though. You’d assume that angry motorists would give female cyclists more room than say MAMILs. I mean it’s one thing to physically threaten a bloke (even if it’s in your car before driving off quickly), but another a woman, surely? Apparently not though – based on evidence I hear from women cyclists. Some people just have no shame and see women as soft targets.

      • velocite

        No runs on the board of course, but I hope it scores freely. An event to encourage women to ride around Melbourne’s local hills is a terrific idea, IMHO, and I say this as an emphatic unfan of BN.

  • Avuncular

    Re the closed roads for the women’s only event this Sunday, I wish everyone a safe and fun time. Will be interesting to see what backlash there is given the animosity expressed by some locals to the road closures for a few hours. When I rode some of the course last Sunday morning it was very quiet apart from the major roads.
    I note also that next week in Tassie there will be many road closures over the course of the 6 day Targa rally. How do the locals react to being kept off their roads for many more hours for in some categories a full blown rally?

    • Dave

      Targa Tasmania last week proved to be quite popular, and it commonly sees the locals selling tickets to their properties for spectators and whole towns turning out for it. The locals recognise that it’s not only a prestigious international event but also Tasmania’s biggest tourism event which generates international media attention and a bucketload of local business income – therefore comfortably justifying a level of disruption roughly comparable to the Tour Down Under in SA.

      This ride is not remotely comparable. Cycling sits at least one level below motorsport in the pecking order of Australian sport, and this isn’t even a state or national level race.

  • Derek Maher

    Good to see Emma Jo winning a stage for Wiggle High-5 she has been runner up so many times this season.
    Also glad to see WADA adopting a professional approach at last regarding drug research.


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