Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 17, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Seven talking points from the first week of the 2016 Giro d’Italia; Alexey Tsatevich ejected from Giro d’Italia by his own Katusha team; “Feeling good again,” Degenkolb returns to stage racing in California, unsure about Tour participation; Faces of the Future: Eight things to know about Tao Geoghegan Hart; NBC Sports Group renews TV and streaming rights for Tour of California through 2019; Worldwide Ride of Silence set for Wednesday; Sinead O’Connor missing after leaving for bike ride; On-board footage from Amgen Tour of California, stage 1; Inside the BMC team bus; Satirical video shows dangerous bike lanes in Manchester; Man tells Danny MacAskill he has “Wee bit to go before you’re Danny MacAskill”

Seven talking points from the first week of the 2016 Giro d’Italia

by Matt de Neef

Now more than a week into the Giro d’Italia, the picture of who will contend for the Maglia Rosa is only slightly more clear than it was nine days ago on the start ramp in Holland. Granted, there has only been one time trial, one uphill finish and only a few significant climbs to allow for the cream to rise.

CyclingTips takes a look back at the first third of this year’s Giro and what we can take away from the great racing thus far. In particular, a discussion of who might emerge from the second part of the first Grand Tour with a shot at the overall.

Here is an excerpt:

In the first 10 days of both the 2013 Giro d’Italia and the 2014 Tour de France, it was clear Vincenzo Nibali was going to win the race overall. Nibali might well win the 2016 Giro as well, but this time around the race is far more open, with many riders still in contention.

Nibali himself is fifth overall after nine days of racing, but would be fourth were it not for a somewhat surprising and ultimately ill-fated attack on stage 6. Alejandro Valverde’s attack on stage 8 was rather more effective than Nibali’s two days earlier, and the veteran Spaniard is looking typically dangerous in sixth overall.

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) is 11th overall after losing time to two crashes and a bike change in yesterday’s time trial. He’s looking strong though, and assuming he can recover from his falls, he should be well inside the top 10 again once the race hits the mountains. Mikel Landa (Sky) appears to have improved his time trialling since last year and is currently sitting in a threatening eighth position overall. He’ll almost certainly move up the ladder in the next week.

Click through to read more at CyclingTips.

Today’s feature image shows the peloton on stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia.