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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 1, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Americans at the 2016 Tour de France: Who’s racing, and what are their objectives?; Drapac signs five-year deal as co-title sponsor of Cannondale Pro Cycling Team; hansgrohe joins Bora as co-sponsor for 2017; Sagan joining Bora–Hansgrohe in 2017?; Cycling Canada names team for Rio; Numainville left off Canadian Olympic team; Tiffany Cromwell: “It’s not the end of the world if I’m not selected [for Rio]”; Wiggle and Chain Reaction merger approved; USADA, UCI sign information-sharing agreement; Cylance roster for Giro Rosa; Giant-Alpecin unveils special “July Kit” for Tour de France; Cyclist killed by grizzly bear; Bike share cyclist arrested for slapping fire fighter; Pro mountain biker takes Walmart bike down serious trails

Americans at the 2016 Tour de France: Who’s racing, and what are their objectives?

by Michael Better

It’s been five years since Tyler Farrar stood atop the podium as a stage winner — on the Fourth of July, no less — the last time an American claimed a stage at the Tour de France.

The following year, Tejay van Garderen placed fifth overall, and stood on the podium on the Champs-Élysées in the white jersey of Best Young Rider. In 2014, Van Garderen again placed fifth, and those results have been the lone bright spot in what has been a troubling drought of American success at the Tour.

On Saturday, five Americans will clip in along the shores of Mont-Saint-Michel to begin the 103rd edition of the Grand Boucle. The quintet all come from the three U.S. based teams at the WorldTour level — BMC Racing, Cannondale, and Trek-Segafredo. Joining van Garderen at the Grand Depart will be Brent Bookwalter, Peter Stetina, Alex Howes, and Lawson Craddock.

(Among those U.S. WorldTour riders not competing are Farrar, Andrew Talansky, Ben King, Taylor Phinney, Ian Boswell, Joe Dombrowski, Nathan Brown, Larry Warbasse, and Kiel Reijnen, as well as Canadians Ryder Hesjedal and Mike Woods.)

With an average age of 27.2-years among the five of them, the riders from this year’s American Tour contingent seem to be entering their prime, but an average of three Tour starts among them shows a relative lack of experience. Still, each comes to the Tour with a plethora of goals, duties, and ambitions.

Click through to read more at CyclingTips.

Today’s feature image shows the Etixx-QuickStep team on a recon ride of the Tour de France stage between Mont-Saint-Michel and Utah Beach.

  • jon

    Slapping a fire fighter? That’s some petty entitled BS.

    • jules

      “The firefighter was treated and released from Northwestern Memorial Hospital for a “laceration” to the left side of his face, according to the arrest report.”


      • Bex

        thought that was a bit funny for a slap in the face, maybe she was wearing a big rock and it tore him up a bit.

        • jules

          or maybe he decided to ham it up. I’m not saying slapping someone is justified, but I get a bit cynical about burly firefighters suddenly getting precious and turning it into a major crime.

          • Bex

            agreed, seems unlikely there’d be much damage from a slap. still i hope she gets the book thrown at her, the emergency services should be given a lot more respect than they seem to get.

            • jules

              you get what you give. we don’t know the circumstances. unfortunately some people in uniform have learned that they can be quite unprofessional and disrespectful towards others, then when their serve is returned they play the victim card. I’m not saying that’s what happened here but I wouldn’t die of shock either.

  • Pete23

    nice to see in the title picture that pro bunches are sometimes as badly organised as our local club bunch ;)

    • Lindafpatel1


  • Warwick Absolon

    The mountain cyclist gets mauled by a grizzly (tragic) and his body is recovered and transported by the Two Bear Air Rescue helicopter. Oh the irony…

    • jules

      why are they hunting the bear? will it face charges?

      • Warwick Absolon

        Going on a bear hunt as it probably has the taste for human meat now. In all seriousness, there would be something in the local legislation where if an animal attacks a human, measures need to be taken to relocate or remove.

        • jules

          relocate is fine

          • Dave

            The bear or the local cyclists?

  • Nitro

    Confession – I watched the Walmart Huffy Challenge video…

    Yes I know it was the same as me watching a movie entitled “You know this is going to end badly – its just a question of how badly”

    Just couldn’t help myself

    Or to put it another way – Mr Kmetz is way braver than I for that committing to that experiment !

    • MattHurst

      I was so nervous he was going to kill himself, and I am tipping those ‘near miss’ moments were at least that. Mad bugger but a good illustration.

    • That was the first piece of cycling related content that I’ve laughed out loud at in a long time. Nervously mind you…

  • Andy B

    thats one heavy huffy

  • Arfy

    Who wouldn’t want to ride for Hansgrohe with a team truck like this!

  • Andy B

    A few million $$ to bring sagan to your team is a pretty decent investment if you can make it happen compared with other sports!

    • Dave

      And it might not even matter that they aren’t a WorldTour team. With a star like Sagan, they would get invites to pretty well every race on the calendar and have the ability to pick and choose which ones to attend.


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