In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Froome takes narrow lead into Tour’s first rest day: ‘It’s up to other teams now’; Joaquim Rodriguez to retire at end of season; Contador scheduled for medical review Tuesday; Dani King loses Olympic appeal; Bjarne Riis happy to see Tinkov leaving; Kittel, Martin publish demands for safety; Sunweb to move up to title sponsor of Giant-Alpecin team in 2017; Dutch lottery renews sponsorship for two year; Cannondale-Drapac riders keeping cool at night; Melbourne’s scariest cycling paths: Perception and reality collide; Tour de France, stage 9 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 9; Fans on the stage 8 final climb; Team Giant-Alpecin celebrates Dumoulin; Cycling in the rain!
Daily News Digest
Chris Froome (Sky) came into this year’s Tour de France expecting the “biggest battle” of his career. After nine stages, that’s exactly how it appears to be shaping up.
Froome might lead the race overall on the first rest day, but he does so with a slender lead of just 16 seconds. His biggest rival, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), is within 23 seconds and a total of eight riders are within a minute.
More importantly, Froome hasn’t yet showed the explosive climbing ability that saw him ride to overall victory in the 2013 and 2015 editions of the Tour.
In 2013, Froome won the race’s first summit finish to Ax-3-Domaines, more than a minute ahead of his closest rival. That win moved him into the yellow jersey by 1:25 over Alejandro Valverde (his teammate Porte was second). He never relinquished the lead.
On the first summit finish of last year’s race, the Kenyan-born Briton also rode away to a solo victory, again more than a minute ahead of his nearest rival. He lead the race by nearly three minutes after that, again never being overtaken.
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Today’s feature image is from stage 9 of the Tour de France.