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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 14, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Crosswinds wreak havoc! Sagan wins Tour de France stage 11, Froome extends lead; Gaviria makes it two-for-two in Poland; Prudhomme: The wind was 104 km/h, Ventoux is impossible; Matthews’ long road to Tour de France success: ‘I was almost giving up on this race’; Flamme rouge incident malicious?; The Secret Pro at the 2016 Tour de France: Sky is conserving, Cav is back, and squabbles in the gruppetto; Meet Megan Guarnier: women’s cycling’s new leader; Romain Bardet says new generation taking over in cycling; Prudhomme calls for fans to respect riders; Driver targets, hits cyclist in UK; Tour of Alberta announces route; What leads amateurs to dope?; Person of interest sought in tack incident; Tour de France, stage 11 recap; Tour de France, stage 10 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 10; Storm on the Ventoux

Crosswinds wreak havoc! Sagan wins Tour de France stage 11, Froome extends lead

by Michael Better

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) took his second stage win at the 2016 Tour de France in Montpellier on Wednesday with the maillot jaune of Chris Froome (Team Sky) finishing second, as the peloton shattered in the crosswinds in the finale of the stage.

Sagan won the stage from a group of four; he was joined by teammate Maciej Bodnar, while Froome was supported by teammate Geraint Thomas. The four riders jumped clear from a splintered peloton with 10km remaining, and opened a maximum gap of 23 seconds. They finished six seconds ahead of the peloton, with Froome taking six seconds in time bonus for finishing second on the stage.

“To go in a breakaway with the yellow jersey, the green jersey, and guys like Bodnar and Thomas, you cannot plan that,” Sagan said. “It just happens. Crazy.”

The stage was marked by strong crosswinds. With 15km to go, Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) put his significant power to use on the front of the peloton. Bodnar then took over with Sagan and the duo opened up a gap. Froome was attentive at the front and quickly sprinted up to Sagan and Bodnar. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) was the last rider to make the split. The quartet opened up a significant advantage, and panic ensued behind. BMC Racing tried to bring Van Garderen and Richie Porte back to the front, with Etixx-QuickStep also contributing in the chase. Nairo Quintana’s Movistar team was not to be seen near the front.

With 5km to go the leading four containing the malliot jaune of Froome and the maillot vert of Sagan held a 23-second advantage over the chasing peloton. Meanwhile, Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) was dropped from the group with a mechanical problem. Team Katusha also came to the front of the peloton to assist Etixx-QuickStep in the chase. Sagan easily sprinted to victory with Froome capturing second, and six bonus seconds. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) brought home the main peloton 11 seconds behind, along with all of the other GC contenders.


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Today’s feature image comes from stage 11 of the Tour de France.

  • Michele

    Impressive stuff by Sagan overnight.

    I heard that he was super motivated following his second placing the day before and the fact that both Oleg and Sean were not that impressed by his TdF record ?

    In all seriousness, that’s a great effort, following what he did the stage before.

    A mate (rightfully) said this morning that if Sagan was in the colours of Astana, or was a little more Eastern European, some would be suggesting he was on the juice.

    FTR – neither he nor I believe that at all. Just highlights what some base their suspicions on.

    • Dave

      His vastly improved English from a few years ago is certainly a factor.

      The same goes for Contador.

    • sket

      It is interesting to compare the recovery of Matthews (163) and Impey (166) versus Sagan after yesterday’s big efforts. I know which of the three worked hardest!

    • jules

      it’s a sad fact that these sorts of performances automatically create suspicion of doping. I hope Sagan is clean, but I’m not confident about declaring him to be. it spoils some of my enjoyment as a cycling fan having to think that way, but I prefer that to convincing myself he’s clean.

      at the end of the day, it’s just sport. I take it as entertainment at face value, knowing that some records and wins will inevitably be erased in the future.

  • Cam

    Fernando Gaviria didn’t win the first stage of the Tour of Poland, Davide Martinelli did.

  • Andy Logan

    Say what you want about Froome, it’s clear to me he is much more than a Robot that climbs Hills at 450w for an hour, he is all of that and more. Taking the win on the descent, driving it in the X Winds today.

    For me, if Froome wins I will remember this tour as the one that showed Froome has plenty of strings to his bow and he can beat anyone on any terrain.


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