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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 5, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Number 28: Cavendish takes stage win, ties Hinault for second all-time; Giro Rosa Round-up: another Wiggle-High5 victory with Chloe Hosking in stage 3, Stevens stays in pink; Another field sprint in Austria; Sagan and Contador: A day of very contrasting fortunes; Rethinking the 3km rule; Girl struck by publicity caravan on stage 3; Brailsford praises Cookson regarding UCI-ASO conflict; Tony Martin linked to Bora-hansgrohe for 2017; Plans to use pro cyclists’ training, racing data to help stop doping; Premier League referees cycle to all clubs for charity; Tour de France, stage 3 on-board highlights; Tour de France, stage 3 recap; How to pack for the Tour De France with Adam Hansen; Orica-Bike Exchange stage 2 ‘Backstage Pass’; Oleg Tinkov celebrates Sagan victory

Number 28: Cavendish takes stage win, ties Hinault for second all-time

by Michael Better

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) went wheel-to-wheel in the final hundred metres on the slight uphill finishing straight in Angers, finishing in a dead-heat. Both riders raised a hand in victory, albeit hesitantly. Both men would have to wait for five minutes while the Commissaires examined the photo finish and finally awarded the stage to Cavendish. The win however, came as no surprise to Cavendish.

“I normally know when I won or I lose a photo finish,” he said. “When I crossed the line, I kind of knew I got it today but anything can happen. The sprint was uphill, so you had to run into it with speed. I knew I had to come from behind. I wanted to be behind Greipel to launch my sprint. He’s like me last year, after I didn’t win the first stage, I hit out too early. When I started to come past him, I thought I would have it easy, but he hit out again. My teammates, Bernie Eisel, Edvald Boasson Hagen, and Mark Renshaw, were phenomenal. It’s superb for Dimension Data. We came here and we made our sponsors proud.”

Frenchman Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) finished third. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), who will keep his maillot jaune for another day, finished fourth.

“It was a long day,” Sagan said at the finish. “We were just waiting and waiting for the last kilometer. Just stay on the wheel, eat and drink. I’m very happy for yellow. My goal at the Tour de France is to come to Paris in one piece. I’m happy to finish today third, in the yellow jersey, but most important is to be safe and healthy.”

With the stage victory, Cavendish moved into a tie with five-time Tour champion Bernard Hinault for second on the all-time Tour stage wins list with 28. Eddy Merckx holds the record for most Tour stage wins with 34.


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Today’s feature image comes from the third stage of the Tour de France.

  • MattHurst

    Hansen, a fascinating guy, so humble and talented. A real people person too, a mate who did a coincidental ride with him out on the road years ago with him always has a chat at the TDU and Adam always finds time to chat. Champion of the peloton.

    • Cynthiarbricker1


  • Mark

    by CyclingTips” – I’m a bit uneasy that you claim Inrng’s original article and thoughts.
    (Love the CT site though, big fan)

    • JasonM

      They are not claiming Inrng’s content. CT have referenced them, quoted a part of it and then encouraged you to click through to the original site.

      • Dave

        There was also some of their own content in there.

        • It’s just an automatic by-line generated by our system under the headline. We most certainly credit Inrng and link to the original article after the quote.

    • Lach

      I think the ‘by cycling tips’ is just an automatic place holder. This is just an aggregate news feed and they definitely weren’t claiming anything.

    • Andy B

      You get how the Daily News digest works right?

  • jules

    a challenge with building a performance passport may be stopping it from being infected with doped performance data.

    • Dave

      And also sandbagged performance data. Making the system look stupid would be a good way of defeating it and making it like every other anti-doping measure – a period of adjustment before getting back to business as usual.

  • Dave

    Good win by Chloe Hosking there. She is no chance of going to Rio when the Australian team is announced today, but it’s not too early to be putting her hand up for the World Championships on the flat course in Doha.

    It comes at a good time too. Australia are currently fourth in the women’s national rankings, and need to hold onto a position inside the top five for another seven weeks to guarantee a full size team of seven in Qatar.

  • Laurens

    Training and racing data to battle doping…
    One part of me thinks we should do what we can, another part thinks: why have races, just line up the graphs and pick the winner.

    • Dave

      Would solve the “problems” of GC guys getting in the way at sprints and riders like Kruijswijk overcooking it on descents.

  • jules

    everyone is looking at Oleg like he’s a knob, but a knob with a lot of power and influence.

    • Andy B

      is that a big knob?

  • Arfy

    It took me all day, but I just realised how narrow Greipel’s bars are.


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