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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 11, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Tom Dumoulin wins summit finish in Andorra, Froome defends Tour de France lead; Giro Rosa Round-up: a last-minute stage win for Rabo-Liv and Megan Guarnier wins the Giro Rosa!; Jan Hirt wins Tour of Austria; Nikolay Mihaylov wins Sibiu Cycling Tour; Citing fever, Alberto Contador abandons 2016 Tour de France in Pyrenees; Tactical error? BMC Racing loses out to Froome on Tour’s first big mountain stage; Dan Martin feeling ‘great’ as Tour de France heads for familiar roads; Froome defends action against fan; Commentary: Why Chris Froome was right to punch that spectator; Tinkov, in TV interview: Valverde is jealous of Contador, Europeans don’t know how to do business; New Zealand names final Olympic cycling team; Why Andorra is becoming one of Europe’s most popular pro cycling bases; Tour de France, stage 9 recap; Tour de France, stage 8 on-board highlights; Tour de France, stage 7 on-board highlights; POV footage of Adam Yates crash into 1km inflatable; Orica-BikeExchange Backstage Pass, stage 7; 6-year-old tries Froome’s aero-tuck

Tom Dumoulin wins summit finish in Andorra, Froome defends Tour de France lead

by Michael Better

Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) triumphantly crossed the finish line alone atop the hors categorie Andorra Arcalis climb in a pelting hail storm Sunday to win Stage 9 of the Tour de France. It was the first Tour stage win for the talented Dutch rider, who now has won a stage at all three Grand Tours at the age of 25. Former world champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) finished second and Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) came home in third.

“This is a dream come true,” Dumoulin said. “I’m so tired that I can’t even speak. It’s been an incredible day. I’ve won the queen stage. It’s special. I’ve showed that I’m not only a time trial specialist. I can do more. I’m so happy.”

The climb to the Andorra ski resort did not disappoint in creating an action-packed finale. In the battle for the overall title, Richie Porte (BMC Racing) showed he was on a good day, despite the foul weather, attacking repeatedly on the final climb. The Tasmanian’s accelerations put many riders in difficulty, including his teammate and co-captain Tejay van Garderen. Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) was also an animator on the final climb.

Into the final kilometre Porte led the maillot jaune of Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) with the white jersey of Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) also making the selection.

Yates won the GC sprint for the line followed by Froome and Quintana, 6:35 behind Dumoulin. Porte was gapped slightly in the sprint and finished two seconds behind. Martin recovered well in the final kilometre after being dropped and finished alongside Porte.


Stage 9: Vielha val dAran > Andorra Arcalis - Stage Result

Sunday 10th July 2016

1. nl
Team Giant - Alpecin
2. pt
Lampre - Merida
3. pl
4. es
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
5. co
Movistar Team
6. fr
PINOT Thibaut
7. nz
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
8. it
ROSA Diego
Astana Pro Team
9. ch
FRANK Mathias
IAM Cycling
10. gb
11. gb
FROOME Christopher
Team Sky
12. co
Movistar Team
13. au
PORTE Richie
BMC Racing Team
14. ie
Etixx - Quick Step
15. es
Movistar Team
16. co
Team Sky
17. fr
AG2R La Mondiale
18. nl
Trek - Segafredo
19. za
Lampre - Merida
20. es
Team Katusha
21. us
BMC Racing Team
22. cz
23. es
VALVERDE Alejandro
Movistar Team
24. fr
AG2R La Mondiale
25. gb
THOMAS Geraint
Team Sky


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Today’s feature image comes from stage 9 of the Tour de France (Cor Vos).

  • Sean

    Don’t be surprised if you see triathletes attempting the Chris Froome aero tuck while ascending several of the climbs on the outskirts of Melbourne.

    • Superpilot

      Wait, triathletes climbing?

    • Daniel

      If this now becomes known as the Chris Froome aero tuck, Mohoric should call in the lawyers. Srs.

  • winkybiker

    Who chose that photo of Linda Villumsen?

    • White jersey and knicks never did anyone any favours…

      • Cam

        Some pull it off better than others

      • winkybiker

        We’re 100% in agreement there. Shorts must be black, at least in the functional areas. (Some colour on the side panels is OK if carefully matched to the jersey.) LV’s outfit is actually a skin-suit, I think. The graphics on the thighs really don’t help. It’s just a bad photo all round.

      • Yaroslav Volkov

        ..and the wide-angle lens, for that matter.

      • Abdu

        Cough cough “Cippolini”….

        Refer you to March 4 2016 Cycling Tips “The best of the lion king…”

        Not only could super mario wear the full white (long legs, long arms, with rainbow stripes) during the Classics, but at the 1999 Tour de France he wore a white toga to the start of a stage (to commemorate Julius Caeser’s birthday naturally), and in defiance of UCI rules as per usual he and his team were kitted out in white and gold.

  • Marcus

    I don’t know of any cyclist or cycling fan that does not agree with Froome hitting out. How do you police these idiots though?

    • jules

      the rule should be that if you come within a rider’s swinging arc, you’re fair game

      • Marcus

        True that, but do you really need to get that close in the first place?

        • jules

          no! if you mean the spectator, then no. they are usually drunk. being punched probably doesn’t hurt anyway.

          • Marcus

            Reminds me of the old saying “Never give advice… a wise man won’t need it and a fool won’t heed it.” I guess no matter how much you advertise and plead for these idiots to not run beside riders, they’re going to do it anyway…

    • winkybiker

      I think all cycling fans just cringe at the thought of one of these running idiots interfering with the race. Any potential solution is welcomed, even if it is outside what we’d normally think is acceptable.

  • jules

    I don’t agree that Froome had a big tactical win on stage 8 with his breakaway. he took risks on the descent and spent energy soloing in ahead of the chasing bunch. all that for a few seconds gain only. the real benefit for Froome was in the PR stakes – he won’t gain much from winning another Tour by riding to his numbers and wearing everyone down. he’s proven his ability to win that way already. this was a strong display of panache that will win him a lot more fans.

    but the risk is that he has spent precious energy that he will have to pay back later on in the race.

    • NY’er

      not a tactical win… are you serious? we view his stage 8 win very differently! I think it was a masterstroke of genius. attack when your competitors least expect you to and absolutely nail it.
      “all that for a few seconds gain only”… since when is 23 seconds (13 +10 time bonus) not significant at the TDF??
      (note: I’m not a Froome fanboy, but I think his stage 8 win was an awesome tactical move)

      • jules

        I forgot about the time bonus – good point. You’re right 23 secs. is significant.

        I loved Froome’s attack – don’t get me wrong. I loved it precisely because it was risky – he wanted to win the stage.

        But the Tour is an exercise in rationing out your use of energy. Froome has won it this way before, granted, but he uses a lot of ammo in the early parts. He’s only human and I reckon it’s fair to question how that may impact on his form later on.

        • NY’er

          I agree on the energy front… it will be interesting to see what happens from here. I really hope it’s not a boring tour from here on.

          I think I read somewhere that Froome said it wasn’t planned, but I think he’s telling fibs. There’s a part of me that thinks he practiced that descent many times and had this card up his sleeve in case the opportunity arose.

          • jules

            The commentators were saying Froome had been practising descending on the top tube. I agree I think he wanted to surprise people and I reckon he may have planned that too. There was also a comment last night on the coverage – Robbie Mc? – that claimed it was Sky DSs who have long encouraged Froome to ride conservatively and that Froome may have decided he’s built enough capital to defy orders and go for it.

            I support Froome on that. One of my favorite riders was Laurent Fignon. He was nuts – he’d attack while in the yellow jersey. Crazy tactics – but he believed he had a responsibility to ride with flair. He should have won the ’89 Tour in a canter but instead helped put on a show that most viewers will never forget. Even if Lemond won. But people remember Fignon too.

            • Abdu

              Tactical error is making it sound ok, nice piece by Shane on this by the way. It was dumb, stupid, and lazy. No tactics were involved.

              The DS’ for Movistar and BMC (Arrieta and Peiper) need to explain why or how they let their charges sit up. I would have been shouting on the radio as Froome drover over that crest, Quintana was right on his wheel but reached for a bottle and sat up. Froome had a 200m gap while the chasing bunch freewheled and looked at each other, Richie and Teejay both let it slip too.

              Looks like it was a deliberate move by Sky, much as people want to say it was good to see something spontaneous. Froome clearly was a lot more comfortable descending, and that has to come from specific training. They don’t let him fart without measuring the velocity so how anyone could think he just imagined that tuck and pedal I’m laughing.

    • Gavin Adkins

      I tend to agree, but I do think Froome had a small psychological win. Quintana dropped the wheel when it counted, whether it was deliberate or not, it has not played out that well for him and I think it has to have knocked his confidence a bit.

  • Neil

    Why didn’t Quintana have a dig? Froome covered the attacks, Quintana didn’t even stretch his legs.

    • jules

      I reckon as per 2015 Tour, Quintana believes Froome will dominate the 1st half of the race, then weaken toward the end. I wonder if Quintana is biding his time.

      • Abdu

        You’re giving him too much credit. If not, I’m biding my time to be a billionaire as well…

        • Rosemary Grogg

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        • velocite

          There seems to be an assumption that Quintana, the man who lives at 3,000 metres, is a climbing superman who can choose when to ride away up the hill. That’s possible, I suppose, but there’s certainly not been any evidence so far. Froome, on the other hand..

          • Abdu

            There is an assumption that Quintana can climb well, yes. Aru snuck away from criticism here too, he’s surely due a few rounds of that? Astana must be wondering why they put him in as their number 1 because he didn’t fire a shot either. Hung in with Purito’s group over the line, but is 12th on GC without much of an excuse. Maybe he’s still busy briefing his lawyers to try to sue Hendo…?

          • Neil

            Clearly the guy can climb, he covered every move by Froome easily.

      • JBS

        Either that or he doesn’t like racing in the rain. With a couple of team mates up the road I thought he was set to put Froome to the sword, but I got the feeling that plan went out the window when the rain set in. No actual evidence for this, just a gut feeling.

        • Neuron1

          I have read that there was a strong headwind on the final of the climb into Andora. Thus no attack. May have actually been a smart tactical and energy saving move. I wonder if NQ is waiting for Froome to tire himself out chasing all the moves early in the race, like Nibali did at the Giro this year.

      • Neil

        I’d say you’re right, but clearly he was strong. Why not stretch your legs when your opponent has covered every move and you have his measure?

    • claude cat

      Gunning for 2nd, again.

  • velocite

    Very interesting interview with Oleg Tinkov. I’ve always thought he was good for cycling as well as being entertaining, just on the basis of the bits and pieces that get reported, but he’s a very impressive character. Most of his commentary seems very sane and who knows, maybe the more entertaining remarks will help to clear a space for the evolution of a less fragile financial structure for the sport.

    BTW, the link at the end of that piece goes nowhere. I assume it should have gone to a transcript.

    • Arfy

      Can’t help thinking Pro Cycling will be more beige without him.

    • Abdu

      Meh..not so sure about him. Clearly he’s a successful entrepreneur, with the requisite large ball size required for that. But when he talks about his Bank, it’s not actually a Bank. It’s a credit card/financial services company that’s been well marketed, and well supported by “effective credit management techniques”. He’s been loose and great fun at best, racist and sexist at worst. His views on the sport are entirely valid, but not at all new and have been well voiced by many more before him. Talking about Sagan now, he seems to forget the campaign he carried on for months saying he would sack him for poor performance. That joke went on way too long, Does anyone think he’s been good for the eradication of doping in the sport either?

      • velocite

        I know next to nothing about Oleg’s bank, and I certainly don’t assume that just because a chap is rich he’s terribly smart. And views similar to his about the ‘financial model’ have been expressed by many over the last few years, but certainly he gives them significant exposure to them because of his profile and the clarity of his expression. And I don’t think I’d heard his views as to what should be the future role of the UCI from anyone else, but maybe I missed something. And on his relationship with Sagan, I’d be hesitant to assume that the stuff that surfaces in the media gives us an accurate picture.


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