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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

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Today’s feature image shows Sam Oomen climbing during Liege – Bastogne – Liege.

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  • Neuron1

    Once again, the weather forecast for Romandie was snow today. There was snow. Why wasn’t the EWP utilized? No team meeting the night before?
    A question to Dave: Who runs the Tour of Romandie?

    • rafomol

      Snow? not so much. the road was wet and it was cold. But there was everything for the weather, even some sun and some dry roads. Not for too long I reckon. but nothing bad neither.
      Richard Chassot is running the TdR. And his brother represent the rider/cpa for the EWP panel…. So those guys are just joke.

  • I know we’re meant grow and learn by coming here, and CT has a now universal reach, but presenting a french speaking video by Direct Energy? Did a anyone watch it before putting it up? ?

    • donncha

      Vous ne le comprenez pas?

      • Hamish F


  • MattHurst

    Cracking cover photo! Kristof Ramon?

    • Notso Swift

      Says Cors Vos

  • Pete

    Our half naked cyclist just got his dates wrong.

  • Gavin Adkins

    Jess Varnish was recruited into the British Cycling Olympic Program at the age of 17. Now, at age 25, having been deemed “not a realistic medal prospect”, she has been discarded with apparently less care and thought than you would give a broken household appliance. What a complete and utter disgrace. Give ’em hell Jess.

    • Erica Jones

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  • Sean parker

    Assos photo shoot in exeter?

    • jules

      “Both Assos and USA Cycling are in the midst of some exciting change”

      they’ve decided to stop using page 3 girls to advertise their apparel. I can imagine the creatives are pretty pumped about this new, innovative direction for the brand and can’t wait to share it with their stakeholders

      • Sean parker

        you mean they want to sell more gear to women?

        • jules

          they’re excited about it

  • Sean parker

    Breaking News: Shane Sutton has been sacked and is now working for Assos to make their marketing ‘more contemporary and relevant’ to women. apparently the first move is for cycling ‘maternity wear’ for ex-olympians.

    • martin

      Interestingly it’s just been announced that he’s been suspended.

      • Sean parker

        he is a class act isn’t he?

      • jules

        “now that these incidences have been made public, British Cycling feels that it can no longer turn a blind eye”

  • velocite

    I miss the doping control girl, err, person..

  • Andy B

    The Tour of turkey footage is awesome,


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