Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 7, 2016

Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Bouhanni punches through to take Dauphine field sprint; Opie wins second stage at Tour of Korea; Porte seeks Tour leadership at Dauphiné;  Hepburn returning focus back to the track for Rio; Canadian cycling legend Jocelyn Lovell passes away; Paul Lew joins EDCO Engineering; Cyclist dies after collision with London bus; Specialized Foundation to fund research about exercise effects on ADHD; Recap: Critérium du Dauphiné stage 1; An Post Ras with Neon Velo; On-board video from Dauphiné prologue; Anatomy of a bike throw

Bouhanni punches through to take Dauphine field sprint

by Michael Better

It was only fitting, on a day that saw Nacer Bouhanni head-butt sprint rival Alexander Kristoff, that the amateur boxer turned professional cyclist would throw punches in his victory salute and then dedicate the stage to recently deceased former heavyweight champion Muhammed Ali.

Bouhanni, who was relegated at Paris-Nice for an irregular sprint, escaped penalty after he and his Cofidis teammate, Christophe Laporte, both used their heads — literally — to fight for position against Kristoff and his Katusha teammates.

What many saw as behavior deserving of relegation, or even disqualification, paid off for the 25-year-old Frenchman, who punched the air across the line, ahead of Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Soudal) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) to win Stage 1 of the Criterium du Dauphine in Saint-Vulbas.

Bouhanni lost track of his lead-out train in the final kilometres and opted to barge into the leadout of Team Katusha, which controlled the peloton into the final kilometre for Kristoff.

The victory brings Bouhanni’s season win total to eight, and gives him and his team a boost of confidence heading into Tour de France, where the Frenchman will hope to come away with his inaugural victory in Le Grand Bouncle.

Stage 1: Cluses > Saint-Vulbas - Stage Result

Monday 6th June 2016

1. fr
BOUHANNI Nacer
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
04:27:53
2. be
DEBUSSCHERE Jens
Lotto Soudal
-
3. ie
BENNETT Sam
Bora-Argon 18
-
4. no
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
Dimension Data
-
5. be
VAN GENECHTEN Jonas
IAM Cycling
-
6. nl
HOFLAND Moreno
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
-
7. fr
HUREL Tony
Direct Energie
-
8. no
HOLST ENGER Sondre
IAM Cycling
-
9. za
IMPEY Daryl
Orica GreenEDGE
-
10. be
THEUNS Edward
Trek - Segafredo
-
11. no
KRISTOFF Alexander
Team Katusha
-
12. de
DEGENKOLB John
Team Giant - Alpecin
-
13. it
ZURLO Federico
Lampre - Merida
-
14. nl
SINKELDAM Ramon
Team Giant - Alpecin
-
15. fr
DUMOULIN Samuel
AG2R La Mondiale
-
16. nz
BAUER Jack
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
-
17. it
CARUSO Damiano
BMC Racing Team
-
18. au
HAAS Nathan
Dimension Data
-
19. dz
REGUIGUI Youcef
Dimension Data
-
20. be
VAN AVERMAET Greg
BMC Racing Team
-
21. it
GUARNIERI Jacopo
Team Katusha
-
22. ua
GRIVKO Andrei
Astana Pro Team
-
23. fr
GALLOPIN Tony
Lotto Soudal
-
24. fr
BARDET Romain
AG2R La Mondiale
-
25. es
SOLER Marc
Movistar Team
-

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Today’s feature image comes from stage 1 of the Critérium du Dauphiné from Cluses to Saint-Vulbas.

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