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
Daily News Digest
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.