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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 3, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Greipel takes sprint win at Tour de Luxembourg; Jaramillo takes stage win at Tour of Japan; Gilbert leaving BMC after 2016; Henao set to make return at Dauphiné; Citing Zika virus, pregnant wife, van Garderen withdraws name from Olympic selection; UCI announces women’s Olympic road events allocations; Comedy of errors at Tour of Ukraine; Sagan enjoying an active rest period; Axel Merckx talks about his team’s recent success; Mid-ride with Koen de Kort; Mountain biker nearly falls off cliff

Greipel takes sprint win at Tour de Luxembourg

by CyclingTips

André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) continued his run of sprint victories, taking the first road stage of the Tour de Luxembourg. Adam Blythe (Tinkoff) and Amaury Capiot (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) rounded out the podium.

Tour de Luxembourg 2016 - stage 1

The expectation for a field sprint was quite evident, as only three riders even attempted a breakaway and then only managed a maximum gap of a few minutes.

BMC controlled the gap early but soon had help from sprinter’s teams like Lotto Soudal and Orica-GreenEdge.

The win gives Griepel the green sprinter’s jersey while race leader Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC) finished in the field and retained his overall lead.

Friday’s 162.8km from Rosport to Schifflange finishes on the Col de Schifflange, a short climb but with a gradient of up to 17 percent.

Stage 1: Luxembourg > Hesperange - Stage Result

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Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise

Today’s feature image comes from the wet and technical prologue of the Tour de Luxembourg.

  • Howie

    Gilbert to join Astana and suddenly become awesome again.

    • jules

      or maybe become awesome over the next few months he’s still with BMC and negotiating a contract with Astana

    • Arfy

      Awesome at being a foil for Sagan perhaps?

    • Dave

      Could be a good target for Trek if they can’t get Sagan.

  • MadBlack

    So why would you post a Belgian TV interview without subtitles on an Australian website???

    • If you click on the CC button at the bottom of the video the subtitles will show.

      • MadBlack

        Thanks Matt, my apologies. I learned something today!

  • jules

    that MTB incident reminds me of a couple of falls riding Yarra Trails near the Boullie. long way down at some points. not that I’d know :)

    • Sean parker

      Reminds me of the time that, at night, I nearly rode off a bridge under construction. One of my near ‘darwin awards’ moments.

  • Laurens

    Of course in your spare time you can wear whatever you want, but Sagan is not an MTB world champion…

    • Sean

      Good call, i’m sure committing this sin will cost him a lot of fans and rightly so.

      • Laurens

        I would be very surprised if he had any fans left after that to be honest.

        • Scott

          Isn’t another rider in the pic also wearing a World Champion Jersey? Will the real MTB World champion please stand up?

    • Dave

      That he can just get away with, but the 3/4 length tights should be killed with fire.

  • velocite

    I am so pleased for that Utah mountain biker. Terrific that the episode was captured on video. I know I have done things that immediately afterwards were clearly ill-judged. I’m a dickhead too!

  • Dave

    I didn’t know that Cycling Australia supplied the commissaires for the Tour of Ukraine.

    Good on them for helping out a country so far away!

    • jules

      harsh, very harsh!


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