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by Mark Zalewski

July 6, 2016

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In today’s CT Daily News Digest: By a hair! Kittel takes photo-finish sprint over Coquard at Tour de France; Giro Rosa Round-up: Tiffany Cromwell outsprints them all in stage 4, Stevens stays in pink; Canty wins first climbing stage of Tour of Austria; Australian Olympic cycling team announced; UCI ‘happy to collaborate’ with others in fighting motor use; Tour leader Sagan on safety in the bunch: ‘I don’t want to fight with sprinters and also GC riders’; Bouhanni suing over fight; Brailsford says Cummings’ complaint should be heard; Rihs: BMC Racing Team is holding out for a backer like Apple; Anna van der Breggen to join Boels-Dolmans in 2017; Doug Ryder on a rejuvenated Mark Cavendish: ‘What a f**king legend’; Tour de France, stage 4 recap; Etixx-QuickStep before, after stage 3; Between stages with Giant-Alpecin; Cavendish waiting for photo finish results; Kittel exhausted

Limoges - France  - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Marcel Kittel (GER-Etixx-QuickStep) - Bryan Coquard (FRA-Direct Energie) - Dylan Groenewegen (NED-LottoNL-Jumbo)  pictured during stage 4 of the 2016 Tour de France from  Saumur to Limoges, 232.00 km - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2016

By a hair! Kittel takes photo-finish sprint over Coquard at Tour de France

by Michael Better

The battle of the Tour de France sprinters continued Tuesday in Limoges, and this time it was German Marcel Kittel (Eitxx-QuickStep) registering the stage win, taking a photo-finish victory ahead of France’s Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie).

The margin of victory was even closer than the Stage 3 photo-finish by Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) ahead of Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), and was contested by two different men, showing the depth of sprinters at this year’s race.

The narrow victory for Kittel was his first since July 27, 2014, on the Champs Elysees in Paris, as he missed last year’s race. The win brings his total of Tour stage wins to nine.

“I felt super proud, and so happy,” Kittel said. “After missing out on the Tour last year, changing teams… the expectations were very high. We came with the goal to win on the first stage but we missed out on the yellow jersey. We were disappointed, but the team remained focused. I felt the pressure, that also explains the emotion.”

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) continued his run of finishing inside the top-5 on every stage of this year’s Tour, finishing third on the day and garnering bonus seconds to extend his lead in the general classification to 12 seconds over Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep). Sagan also leads the points competition, with 147 points to Cavendish’s 142. Alaphillipe retains the white jersey as Best Young Rider, while Belgian Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) continues in the polka-dot jersey as King of the Mountains.

Stage 4: Saumur > Limoges - Stage Result

Tuesday 5th July 2016

1. de
KITTEL Marcel
Etixx - Quick Step
05:28:30
2. fr
COQUARD Bryan
Direct Energie
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3. sk
SAGAN Peter
Tinkoff
-
4. nl
GROENEWEGEN Dylan
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
-
5. no
KRISTOFF Alexander
Team Katusha
-
6. no
HOLST ENGER Sondre
IAM Cycling
-
7. gb
MCLAY Daniel
Fortuneo - Vital Concept
-
8. gb
CAVENDISH Mark
Dimension Data
-
9. fr
DUMOULIN Samuel
AG2R La Mondiale
-
10. au
GERRANS Simon
ORICA-BikeExchange
-
11. be
THEUNS Edward
Trek - Segafredo
-
12. be
VANMARCKE Sep
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
-
13. us
CRADDOCK Lawson
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
-
14. au
MATTHEWS Michael
ORICA-BikeExchange
-
15. fr
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
Etixx - Quick Step
-
16. es
VALVERDE Alejandro
Movistar Team
-
17. it
CARUSO Damiano
BMC Racing Team
-
18. de
GREIPEL André
Lotto Soudal
-
19. at
PREIDLER Georg
Team Giant - Alpecin
-
20. fr
SOUPE Geoffrey
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
-
21. cz
KREUZIGER Roman
Tinkoff
-
22. fr
ROLLAND Pierre
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
-
23. es
SANCHEZ Luis Leon
Astana Pro Team
-
24. it
NIBALI Vincenzo
Astana Pro Team
-
25. dk
BRESCHEL Matti
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
-

 

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Today’s feature image comes from stage 3 of the Tour de France.

  • Bex

    no female road riders for rio? glad tiff got a win on the day that was announced.

    • Tim Ashton

      They’re announcing them at a later date apparently

      • Abdu

        Gerry Ryan might need to give $10k to a female Aussie rider like he did for Kathy Watt in 1988.

        That worked…

    • Dave

      There have been appeals lodged by riders who missed the women’s road and men’s MTB teams, and the announcement will be delayed until the appeals are dealt with.

      I don’t expect Tiff to be named in the team, her win last night was too little too late and well after the selection period finished. I expect it to Gracie Elvin, Katrin Garfoot, Amanda Spratt and Rachel Neylan – although with the possibility of Carlee Taylor in place of one of Elvin or Neylan. The four riders I named first have all made their own selection criteria whenever they’ve jumped on the bike this year.

  • jules

    brilliant stuff by Tiff C and Chloe H yesterday.

    I’m a bit more sus on Boels Dolmans signing what seems like the entire top tier of women’s cycling. is that really good for the sport?

    • Bex

      it is a bit of a shame there only seems to be a couple of teams that’ll really pay top dollar. in the men’s peloton if the rider isn’t getting to go for the win themselves they’ll switch teams, the opposite seems to be happening in the womens, would be interesting to hear why that is. also i wonder how they go managing expectations with a team of superstars like that

      • jules

        there’s no money in it. I’ve spoken to someone whose daughter is highly talented and it’s depressing – the decision to pursue a ‘pro’ career in women’s elite cycling essentially means ruining yourself financially. it’s a real shame.

        • Gavin Adkins

          Agreed, it’s still pretty grim. It baffles me why advertisers are not more interested in pro women riders. What I don’t know about marketing could fill a warehouse, but a number of pro women riders have a seriously impressive social media presence (Tiffany Cromwell is a good example), often with much better content and comparable or better follower counts than their male counterparts.

    • Dave

      Your team looks like folding at the end of the year and the #1 team (which kicked yours off the throne) gives you a call. What do you do?

      • jules

        it’s obvious from the rider’s perspective, I wouldn’t debate that.

        • Dave

          And with regards to the ‘sporting’ aspect, I would say it is up to the other teams to lift their game and catch up.

          Same as when the Ponting-Gilchrist-Warne-McGrath crew was crushing everyone in the cricket world 10-15 years ago. It wasn’t their problem that they were too good, it was up to the others to catch up – which they eventually did to some degree with every Test nation other than Bangladesh having notched up at least one win against Australia since Ponting retired.

          My suggestion for a ‘solution’ with respect to the concentration of talent in the women’s ranks is simple – reduce the WorldTour to 12 teams so there is actual competition to get in (and a good number of wildcard slots to rotate around the other teams) and allow teams to add the ranking points of their men’s and women’s teams together for the purpose of earning/keeping a spot in the top ranks. Disadvantaged by having no women’s team? Get one.

          • jules

            reasonable suggestions there. it’s a bit hard for the other teams to ‘catch up’ though under current arrangements, when Boels Dolmans seems just have enough cash to snap up any women who are good enough to do the catching up.

            • Dave

              The other teams could work to find better sponsors to increase their buying power, sign their riders to longer contracts, or start chasing other Rabo riders before they sign contracts with Boels.

              Orica-AIS could do with a bit more star power, how about chasing the signature of Kasia Niewiadoma before she gets the big breakthrough win that will bump up her price.

  • Arfy

    DDD previously said they require Cav to ride the Tour to Paris, will they now let him leave early to prepare for Rio?

    • jules

      what are they going to do if he withdraws? I’d say Cav is calling the shots a bit more from here on :)

      • Bex

        he might want to stay on now if he’s got more chance of taking green to paris.

        • jules

          I agree he might but I can’t imagine him beating Sagan for that though

          • Abdu

            First serious hill and he’s pulling the ripcord, he’d be mad not to.

  • Lach

    Brendan Canty with the win! Outstanding!

    • MattHurst

      Absolutely

  • Laurens

    From Boohoo-hanni to Sue-hanni… it’s always somebody else at fault isn’t it?

    • jules

      without knowing the full circumstances, it appears he may have a case here. if he was attacked first.

      • Laurens

        Yeah, I just don’t like the guy. I wasn’t there and it may well be that he did nothing wrong. I still have my doubts though. When he went to complain he got a push and ‘he defended himself’. If I get a push by somebody who is drunk I walk away. Frustrated but in one piece.

        • jules

          he’s apparently a kickboxer and knows how to handle himself. I don’t condone violence and I share your view on the wisdom of walking away. but from the other guy’s perspective, it works the same way. don’t manhandle someone if you can’t back it up, and even if you can – don’t manhandle them anyway.

          • Dave

            Didn’t he injure his hand while attempting to ‘handle himself’ which resulted in screwing up his day job even more than a poor night’s sleep would have?

            • jules

              ah, yep.

    • Dave

      I propose we have a singalong in his honour. All together now…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzQKECQgjW8

  • Dave

    Well done Anna Meares. Already at least equal with the very best cyclists to ever come out of Australia, and now selected from a two horse race to lead the Australian Olympic Team for good measure.

    Hope she keeps carrying the flag to the opening ceremony and doesn’t try it in the velodrome though…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgsqI5KWty0

    • jules

      Fab doesn’t look like he’s done much track riding. too slow on the steep bank and pedal strike!

      • Dave

        It had been two years since his previous lap and a half in Roubaix, having missed the 2015 Paris-Roubaix due to injury.

        • jules

          yeah but that was at speed, the problems start when you slow down and are more upright :)

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