Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 7, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet does the double! BMC rider takes Tour de France stage win, yellow jersey; Giro Rosa Round-up: Wiggle-High5 continues Italian success with stage win and pink for Mara Abbott; Jan Hirt wins Austria queen stage, takes over lead; Andrei Nechita wins Sibiu Cycling Tour prologue; Operación Puerto samples in UCI, WADA custody; WADA extends Meldonium grace period through September; The return of Marcel Kittel: ‘I know how hard the way back to this moment was’; Trans Am reflections: Race lead, blue feet, altitude sickness and a gender paradigm shift; Bahrain team on hold until 2018?; Sunweb possibly joining Giant as new title sponsor; Oleg Tinkoff: “If Sagan wins two stages, I stay in cycling”; Tour de France, stage 4 on-board highlights; Celebrating Kittel’s stage win; Peter Sagan: “Life is like a movie”; What does it take to ride in a breakaway at Le Tour?

Van Avermaet does the double! BMC rider takes Tour de France stage win, yellow jersey

by Michael Better

Belgian Greg Van Avermaet was the last man standing after a daylong breakaway on stage 5 of the Tour de France, soloing to victory in Le Lioran Wednesday and pulling on the coveted maillot jaune as a reward for his efforts.

Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) rode away from compatriot Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) on the penultimate climb, the steep ascent of the Col du Perthus, with 17km remaining, winning the stage by over two minutes.

The win came as redemption for the BMC rider, who began the season by winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Tirreno-Adriatico, but suffered heartache when he broke his collarbone during the Tour of Flanders, a season goal where he took the start as a pre-race favorite.

“It feels great,” Van Avermaet said of his double — the win and taking the maillot jaune. “I never dreamed about yellow. I was happy with my stage win last year, so to win and take yellow, it’s once in a lifetime opportunity. I’m going to enjoy it as long as possible.”

Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) created a shake up in the finale, attacking over the top of the final climb with a just a narrow and technical 2.5km descent left to the finish. The Movistar duo of Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana were attentive and immediately followed the Frenchman’s wheel with Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) also latching on.

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Today’s feature image comes from stage 4 of the Tour de France.