Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 23, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Dries de Bondt wins Halle-Ingooigem; LottoNL-Jumbo team demands apology over hidden motor claims against Roglic; Despite Olympic selection, Dimension Data wants Cavendish to complete Tour; Strava report debunks myth that women; Talansky re-signs with Cannondale, skipping Tour; Team Sky Tour de France roster; BMC Tour de France roster; LottoNL-Jumbo for Tour de France; Controversy over leaked British Olympic cycling roster; Emma Pooley signs with Lotto-Soudal; Favourites for Dutch TT title absent; Win your commute with Tour de Bike Lane; Ion Izaguirre hits 110km/h at Suisse time trial; Chris Hoy races Le Mans

Dries de Bondt wins Halle-Ingooigem

by Mark Zalewski

Dries de Bondt (Veranda’s Willems) won the one-day Halle-Ingooigem race in a two-up match sprint against Jens Keukeleire (Belgium).

The Belgian race was an all-Belgian affair as the main breakaway of ten riders consisted of all Belgians. As the kilometres ticked away the break slowly shed its dead weight. Ten became six, and then three. Finally only two were left off the front with a handful of kilometres to go and fifteen seconds advantage.

Crossing the red kite Keukeleire and de Bondt eyed each other and the chasing break remnants behind them. Knowing they had to keep the speed up for at least half the final kilometre, Keukeleire pulled through. But with 700m to go he swung over and both coasted.

Behind Nikolas Maes (Etixx-QuickStep) was forced to play the chaser as he was the strongest in the group, but it was too little, too late.

Keukeleire went first but de Bondt was on his wheel straight away, and easily came around him. However, he began his celebration a little early as Keukeleire did not give up and de Bondt was forced to grab his handlebars and push the pedals around a couple more times to ensure his win.

Today’s feature image shows the peloton in Ster ZLM Toer.