Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 27, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Izaguirre wins snowy Tour of Romandie prologue; Greipel wins crazy third stage in Tour of Turkey; Hidden motors: Van den Dreissche banned for six years, stripped of European and Belgian Under 23 titles; Opinion: How the UCI and manufacturers collectively bungled the disc brake trial; Seven talking points from the 2016 Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Former pro Bobbie Traksel gaining traction in UCI Athletes’ Commission; INRNG: Tour de Romandie preview; Prescription Steroids Get a Quiet Exemption; Talansky: UCI rules are hurting US grassroots racing; Team Dimension Data, Smith part ways; Jessica Varnish reacts to being pulled from the British Cycling program; Assos: “We are now going to portray women the same way we portray men – as athletes”; Police seek half-naked cyclist in Exeter; Video: Behind the scenes with Direct Energie at Liege

Izagirre wins snowy Tour of Romandie prologue

by Mark Zalewski

Poor weather conditions made an impact during the prologue time trial of the Tour of Romandie, with rain-turning-to-snow making the already technical parcours slick, only to worsen later in the day for the race favourites. Jon Izagirre (Movistar) set the best time just before the worst of the weather to take the stage win ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) and and Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep).

“Yes, it was a bit of a surprise. I knew I was good after the Classics. I saw the route and I liked it — a technical one with a climb and it suited me,” said Izaguirre.

It was about a 50/50 split for riders choosing between a traditional time trial bikes versus their regular road bikes, both because of the technical corners on the descent and because of the weather. Izaguirre said he was unsure of which bike to choose until he saw the result his brother posted.

“I was doubting which bike to use. I saw my brother did a good time with the time trial bike and I went with that in the end.”

Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) was one of the victims of the weather, sliding out on a hairpin turn on the descent. Following him a few riders later Chris Froome (Sky) came to the same turn at a near crawling pace to ensure staying upright. Froome had Tweeted earlier criticising the race organisers regarding the weather conditions, suggesting a conflict of interest was at play. He finished in 60th place, 26 seconds down on the winner.

Prologue: La Chaux-de-Fonds > La Chaux-de-Fonds - Stage Result

Tuesday 26th April 2016

1. es
IZAGIRRE Ion
Movistar Team
00:05:33
2. nl
DUMOULIN Tom
Team Giant - Alpecin
0:06
3. pl
KWIATKOWSKI Michal
Team Sky
0:07
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Today’s feature image shows Sam Oomen climbing during Liege – Bastogne – Liege.

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