Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 4, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan swaps rainbow stripes for yellow jersey with Stage 2 victory at Tour de France; Rosa Round-up: more Boels-Dolmans success as Evelyn Stevens wins stage 3 and takes pink; Tour of Austria kicks off with uphill prologue and field sprint stage; Cavendish wins opening stage of Tour de France, takes maillot jaune for first time; ‘It was a disaster’: Stage 2 puncture slashes Porte’s chances of Tour de France victory; The walking wounded: Stage 1 of Tour leaves its mark; Contador injured in Tour de France opener: ‘When I place my shoulder in a certain position I am worried’; Bennett soldiers on after stage 1 crash: ‘I could see the bone in my finger’; Mission accomplished: Cavendish completes long campaign to grab Tour yellow; Cookson on ASO-UCI deal, Bahrain team; Tramadol prevalent within the pro peloton, soon to be banned; Tour de France: Stage 2 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 on-board highlights; Tour de France: Stage 2 on-board highlights; How to launch the ‘Manx Missile’

Peter Sagan swaps rainbow stripes for yellow jersey with Stage 2 victory at Tour de France

by Michael Better

There were several winners and losers on Stage 2 of the 2016 Tour de France, but none more so than world champion Peter Sagan, who took his first Tour stage win since 2013, and with it, the yellow jersey of race leader for the first time in his career.

The day’s “first loser” would be Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep), who punched his handlebar across the line as her finished second. Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) rounded out the podium in third.

The day’s biggest losers, however, were GC contenders Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and Richie Porte (BMC Racing), who both lost significant time on the classification.  Contador suffered on the final uphill drag to the line after crashing early in the stage; his second crash in as many days at the Tour. Contador lost 48 seconds on the stage, but the day’s biggest loser was Porte,  who punctured inside the final five kilometres. The Tasmanian lost 1:45 on the stage.

The day’s biggest heartbreak goes to young Belgian Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), who rode in the daylong breakaway, attacked solo 8.5km from the line, held a 1600-metre gap with 5km remaining, but was caught inside the final 400 metres.

From there, it was a slow-motion uphill sprint, with the world champion proving strongest.

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Today’s feature image shows the peloton on stage 2 of the Tour de France.