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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 5, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Coquard takes the sprint in Four Days of Dunkerque opener; Bauhaus sprints to Tour d’Azerbaïdjan stage one win; Six breakthrough riders to watch at the 2016 Giro d’Italia; Sir Dave Brailsford pledges to ‘share everything’ in British Cycling review; Video: Jeanne d’Arc Girubuntu fastest woman in Africa; Team victory rankings; Taylor Phinney’s longest ride; Velon Partners With GoPro For Two Years; Amateur racer passes away from crash injuries; Gijs Verdick extremely critical condition after heart attack; Bardiani-CSF extends sponsorship through 2018; Like it or not, Red Hook’s success tied to the fixie; Racing cyclists could benefit from motorcycle behind them; Video: 2016 world bike packing championships teader

Coquard takes the sprint in Four Days of Dunkerque opener

by Mark Zalewski

Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) took the sprint win on the first stage of the Four Days of Dunkerque ahead of Raymond Kreder (Roompot-Oranje Peloton) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits).

“All day you saw us on the front, doing the work,” said Coquard. “I had the luck to go through at the right moment and nobody could catch me. It might have looked easy but we did a lot of work today, the team worked extremely hard, and delivered me where I needed to be.”

The opening stage was a long one at 191km. Also long was the amount of kilometres left after the peloton caught the break, with 20km still to go before the finish. For most of those it looked like Cofidis was going to deliver Bouhanni a win on a platter, but that long time on the front was ultimately their undoing, coming up short in manpower for the final kilometre.

With only two riders in front of Bouhanni for the final 1.5km the other teams smelled blood in the water. Heading into the final turn at 500m, Bouhanni was left to go it alone, with Coqaurd following and using him as a leadout.


Stage 1: Dunkerque > Gravelines - Stage Result

Wednesday 4th May 2016

1. fr
Direct Energie
2. nl
KREDER Raymond
Roompot - Oranje Peloton
3. fr
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits

Today’s feature image shows Phil Bauhaus sprinting to the Tour d’Azerbaïdjan stage one win.

  • Mark Blackwell

    Come on, really… 25cm behind?! When was the last time you saw a motorbike following that close? The article shows that at a more realistic 3-4m behind the difference is only 10sec over 60km (so around 0.2%), and even then the motorcycle tends to move around behind the rider to get a better view, so the effect would come and go. Fair enough to point out that there should be a following rule, but to base it on a theoretical time gain at 25cm is kinda ridiculous.

    Even then, I am surprised that it makes any difference. I know that in stock car racing two or three cars in a line travel faster than a single car, but had thought the effect would be too small at cycling speeds. Amazing how our understanding of aerodynamics has improved in the past few years (#aeroiseverything)

    • Dave

      Aero is not everything!

      With the UCI’s decision to faff around with disc-shaped red herrings rather than addressing real safety issues, having a moto right on your arse would add an involuntary psychological incentive to ride a bit faster.

  • TimHally

    I was more intrigued when the headline read teader ;)

  • velocite

    I am quite vague about what might be the plans for Velon’s on board video footage. I think it’s great in small doses, but it needs context, ie it needs to be fitted into the story of the race, interleaved with other race footage: then it would be fantastic. Are there plans for live transmission? Is the technology there?

    Also, those GoPros are not exactly aero, are they!

    • CapeHorn

      They have said they are using the Sessions, not the standard Hero – so the frontal area is nearly half what you see in the picture.

    • Dave

      ^ I am quite vague about what might be the plans for Velon’s on board video footage.

      Make dough from GoPro.

      The technology is not there for broadcast use if they restrict themselves to using GoPro tech. If plans for live broadcast do go through, it would be with standard off-the-shelf kit like those used on the umpires’ hats and batsman/wicketkeeper helmets in the Big Bash League – although maybe they could carry a GoPro sticker just like when riders prefer non-sponsor components.

      • Arfy

        GoPro could probably modify Sessions to provide a live video output to a separate small transmitter (from Dimension Data?), but then they’d need a moto following rather closely to act as a relay. Should get some good crash footage though.

  • Lach

    Highly recommend watching the video of Jeanne D’arc Giribuntu! That’s some unbelievable strength and family loyalty. Very impressive, and I can’t wait to see her on the world tour.


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