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Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

May 9, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Marcel Kittel leads the Giro d’Italia after back-to-back stage wins; Bryan Coquard wins the Four Days of Dunkirk; Chloe Hosking victorious at the Tour of Chongming Island; Markus Eibegger takes overall title at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Morton, Abbott victorious at the Tour of the Gila; Pat Lane wins the Grafton to Inverell in record time; Edvald Boasson-Hagen extends with Dimension Data for two years; Di Luca – I still consider myself the winner of the 2007 Giro; Adam Bryfogle’s exploding bottom bracket; Geniez and Dupont’s friendly conversation; Coldan’s Giro d’Italia bunny-hop.

Marcel Kittel leads the Giro d’Italia after back-to-back stage wins

by Matt de Neef

After three days of the 2016 Giro d’Italia, Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) leads the race overall having won the first two road stages.

Kittel finished an impressive fifth in the stage 1 individual time trial — won by Kittel’s former teammate Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) on home soil — before taking comfortable victories in both the stage 2 and stage 3 bunch sprints.

On stage 2 Kittel crossed the line several bike lengths ahead of Milan-San Remo winner Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida).

On stage 3 he won by a similarly impressive margin, this time leaving Elia Viviani (Sky) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) to take the minor placings.

Time bonuses available at the finish now put Kittel into the overall lead, nine seconds ahead of Dumoulin and 15 seconds ahead of Andrey Amador (Movistar). After a rest day and transfer from the Netherlands to Italy today, the Giro resumes tomorrow with stage 4 from Catanzaro to Praia a Mare.

Stage 3: Nijmegen > Arnhem - Stage Result

Sunday 8th May 2016

1. de
Etixx - Quick Step
2. it
Team Sky
3. it
Trek - Segafredo
4. de
Lotto Soudal
5. ru
PORSEV Alexander
Team Katusha
6. it
Dimension Data
7. nl
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
8. fr
DéMARE Arnaud
9. de
BMC Racing Team
10. si
Lampre - Merida

Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and shows Marcel Kittel on the Giro d’Italia podium after winning stage 3 and moving into the overall lead.

  • donncha

    Whatever the conversation was about, Geniez has been fined 200CHF.

  • Kieran Degan

    Kittel is a beast. He was so far in front on those two wins. I can’t see him losing any time soon. It will be interesting to see him up against Cav, but I can’t see Cav being that good with his Olympic training. Could be a huge year for Kittel.

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    • MadBlack

      It already has been a huge year for him. 9 wins and one overall thus far and counting.

  • Steel

    Surely that’s the pinch bolts on the crank, not the bottom bracket.

    I know because that’s happened to me, although only the left crank came off. Rather embarrassing to have your leg spinning around in the air with a crank arm attached.

    • John Seymour

      Yep – absolutely agree it is the failure to tighten the two bolts on the non-drive side crank arm, allowing it to slip off the spindle – has also happened to me riding up “Big Hill” on the Great Ocean Road near Lorne – hard to recover from without a support vehicle!

      • jules

        another failure mechanism is inadequate torquing of the BB end nut on HollowTech cranks. the plastic nut doesn’t need much torque, it just needs to take up the lateral slack between both sides of the crank and the BB shell. if it doesn’t, or the plastic nut is missing, the crank will work its way loose, even with pinch bolts properly tightened.

        • Il_falcone

          No, it won’t. Torque those bolts to 15 Nm on any Shimano crank of this type and you could leave the bolt (it’s not a nut) out. But you won’t be able to get it out of the spindle because the two pinch bolts compress the spindle enough to lock the bolt in place.

          • Steel

            I’ve wondered this. The compression on that axle from the pinch bolts seems to be the major binding surface, holding the two parts together. But then Shimano must fit that funny plastic bolt for a reason. It would be aesthitics alone surely? Is it for ingress of water and debris?

            When my left crank arm came off, I couldn’t find the plastic bolt, which leads me to think it came off well before hand and like jules says helps with the keeping the axle in place laterally. But then I don’t ever remember it coming off before hand.

            Either way, I now give those pinch bolts and plastic nut a yearly tighten before I head up to the Vic alps for a bit of suffering.

            • jules

              a key purpose of the plastic nut is to take up lateral slack in the cranks before tightening the pinch bolts. yes, the pinch bolts sit in a groove machined into the crank spindle that provides lateral stability. but my experience is that with use, they’re not enough to hold the cranks in place. the plastic nut is clamped in place by the force of the tightened pinch bolts, which acts to directly oppose lateral loads that are otherwise passed through pinch bolt/spindle channel interface. if you look at the shape of that interface, it’s clearly not designed to take that load – the cylindrical profile actually serves to help push the pinch bolt up, over the channel.

              • Mark Wells

                At least thats one rider we know who doesn’t have a motor.

              • MadBlack

                Btw. The ‘lateral slack’ you’re referring to is called bearing preload. The plastic (or aluminium if you ride DA) cap screw acts much in the same way as the top cap on your headset. First the preload is adjusted so that the assembly is tight but the bearings still rotate freely then the pinch bolts lock the assembly in place.

    • Avuncular

      Rather like this infamous incident from Paris Tours ’82…


      • jules

        he’s just stretching!

      • martin

        Such an amazing shot. It was some prototype titanium axle wasn’t it?

        • John_Irvine

          Campy Super Record Titanium BB spindle. That’s why they are so rare now. :)

  • MadBlack

    Does anyone know when and why the Inverell got moved from its usual September spot?


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