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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 18, 2016


In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Ciccone nabs maiden Grand Tour stage win in Giro d’Italia, Jungels takes over Maglia Rosa; King of the breakaway: Cannondale on top at Amgen Tour of California; Giro d’Italia: Landa dropped early on stage 10, quits the race; A changed man: Wiggins returns to California heavier, and seemingly happier; Craddock, Bookwalter, Stetina: USA’s best hopes to win Amgen Tour of California; IOC re-testing of samples ahead of Rio Olympics delivers positives; Michael Rogers appointed CEO of The Riis Seier Project; Geschke extends with Giant-Alpecin; Team BMC updates medical conditions of Gilbert, Dillier; Jonathan Cantwell suing Drapac over 2014 contract termination; Rolling with the tour: Podium jerseys; Orica-GreenEdge #PlanetOGE covers a mountain stage

Ciccone nabs maiden Grand Tour stage win in Giro d’Italia, Jungels takes over Maglia Rosa

by Shane Stokes

Italian rider Giulio Ciccone notched up the third home victory of this year’s Giro d’Italia on Tuesday, breaking clear on the descent before the final climb up to Sestola and soloing in well clear.

The Bardiani-CSF rider hit the line 42 seconds ahead of Ivan Rovny (Tinkoff) and one minute 20 up on Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing Team), thus notching up the first Grand Tour stage win of his career.

Nate Brown (Cannondale) and Damiano Cunego (Nippo-Vini Fantini) were the other remainders of the day’s break, rolling in one minute 53 and two minutes four seconds back.

“Today is the best day of my life. It is a massive, massive emotion,” Ciccone enthused. “It is a great feeling. I can’t actually describe it, I don’t have any words. I would just like to thank everybody on my team for helping me on this important day.”

He was in the day’s break with teammate Stefano Pirazzi and the two were able to work together to ensure the success. In fact, Pirazzi was responsible for Ciccone getting his decisive gap on the final descent; he got his line wrong on a corner and clashed shoulders with fellow breakaway rider Damiano Cunego (Nippo-Vini Fantini), causing the latter to have to run wide and brake.

Stage 10: Campi Bisenzio > Sestola - Stage Result

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Click through to read more at CyclingTips.

Today’s feature photo comes from stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia.

  • marcus_moore

    Any quotes from Cunego regarding the ‘shoulder nudge’ from Pirazzi on the downhill?

    • Andy B

      Ive only seen it once but it looked like leaning on him to stop him going down, rather than being intentional?

      • donncha

        Yep, Pirazzi came in to the corner too hot and had to lean on Cunego to avoid binning it. You could see the back wheel sliding.

  • Luke Bartlett

    is it not the third home victory of the giro? diego, brambilla and guilio

  • Nitro

    Love the new site layout – much kudos…

    • Andy B

      Agreed, last night when I came on to check the articles and saw the site was “down for maintenance” it made me wonder what was happening
      Great update guys!

      • Thanks guys. Appreciate that! It’s been a lot of hard work behind the scenes, as these things always are, and there are little things we still need to tweak, but we’re happy with how it’s looking! Thanks again!

  • Alex

    Bad rest day blood bag for Landa?

    • jules

      Sky wouldn’t make that type of rookie error. they’d have the best doctors on hand to manage the storing and infusing of blood.*

      * which means it probably wasn’t a bad blood bag, and that Sky weren’t involved. unless he was doing it under Sky’s noses.

      • Dave

        The blood doping manual they got from the USA said to store the blood bags at the same temperature as the beer, around 40 degrees or so.

    • Michele

      Twitter rumour doing the rounds straight after Landa pulled out of the Giro, was that he perhaps got too much sausage on the rest day.

      Maybe they were “black puddings”??

      • Dave

        Hmm, Brits and barbecues sound like a dodgy combination.

        Maybe the beer in the thermos was a factor too.

  • Avuncular

    Well he’s certainly famous now around the world 25 years or so on but I have to say for an inconsistent man his hair has remained consistently strange.

    • Dave

      Your autocorrect seems to be stumbling over the word ‘infamous.’

  • Dave

    Jess Varnish will not be going to Rio unless she pulls a Tonya Harding.

    GBR can take only two female sprinters as the French beat them to qualify for the last entry to the Team Sprint, and she is not the best GBR rider in either of the sprint events they have qualified for. Regardless of whether the big mean Aussie was rude to her, it would be a travesty if she was selected over the top of Rebecca James (best GBR Keirin rider) or Katy Marchant (best GBR Sprint rider) and they would have good cause to have such a decision overturned on appeal.

    Of course, there’s a bigger issue at play – nobody should be going to Rio, the Olympics should be cancelled or the events dispersed to different sites around the world.

    • Arfy

      Come on, Rio’s Olympic velodrome’s looking good

      • Dave

        Maybe if your name starts with Mc and ends with Askill.

    • jules

      the Olympics should be cancelled, period. cycling has failed by allowing itself to be shamed by doping scandals, when the Olympics appears ready to proceed as if nothing has happened. how have they managed this? it’s awash with doping and cover-ups at the highest level, yet somehow media coverage of the Olympics is still mostly oblivious, joyous kids waving little national flags as the athletes march past.

      • Michele

        I agree, but I don’t think it will happen. Olympics are dying a slow death. [Aside from governments], does anyone really want them?

        • Andy B

          I kind of do?

        • jules

          people still see them as the pinnacle of sport. an Olympic gold medal is universally recognisable, whereas a Tour of Flanders win means nothing to most people. you can have a 16 yr shot gun clay pigeon shooter celebrated by the entire country when winning a monument in cycling just confuses them.

          • Dave

            Hence the people calling for a dispersed Olympics, to preserve the good bits but drop the multi-billion dollar spend needed to host it all in one place. I’m not the only one, and I make no claim to being the first either.

            Using the model of the host city holding the marathon, three other sports and the global medal presentations, it would be within reach of even a mid-range city like Adelaide. Picking three sports out of the air, we could easily host sailing in Gulf St Vincent, rugby sevens at Adelaide Oval and archery at Hindmarsh Stadium.

            The challenge would, of course, be in the elimination of corruption from the process (putting the headquarters of every Swiss-based international sport organisation on a list of targets to be nuked from orbit would be a start) and preventing it from growing too big again.

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