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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 15, 2016


In today’s CT Daily News Digest: De Gendt takes victory on shortened Ventoux stage as Tour de France plummets into chaos in final kilometre; Bonifazio wins third field sprint in as many stages in Poland; Chaos at Tour de France sees yellow jersey running up the road on summit finish; Mavic neutral service mechanic recounts Froome crash; Sagan and Froome’s extraordinary Tour breakaway: ‘This is bike racing at its best’; Adam Yates: In my opinion Froome is going to win the Tour; Small’s appeal denied, US squad unchanged for Rio; Is Oleg Tinkov really quitting pro cycling?; Why won’t TV show more women’s cycling?; British cycling unsure whether new track bike will be ready for Olympics; Megan Guarnier talks about winning the Giro Rosa; Tour de France, stage 11 recap; Tour de France, stage 11 on-board highlights; Who’s the most stylish rider?; Cyclist attempts to set-off speed camera

De Gendt takes victory on shortened Ventoux stage as Tour de France plummets into chaos in final kilometre

by Michael Better

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) paced himself perfectly up Mount Ventoux to take an stage win on Bastille Day in Chalet-Reynard at the 2016 Tour de France on Thursday, while behind, chaos ensued behind. As De Gendt was celebrating, having beaten breakaway companion Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data), behind him the race’s GC contenders were ensnared in one of the most unusual race situations in race history.

Toward the top of the climb, Chris Froome (Team Sky), Richie Porte (BMC Racing) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) had distanced themselves from the rest of the GC contenders and were working together with less than 2km remaining in the stage. Porte was on the attack when a TV motorbike leading the trio came to a standstill due to the sheer number of fans lining the road.

The BMC Racing rider plowed into the back of the motorbike with Froome and Mollema also crashing. The Dutchman on Trek-Segafredo stood up and got going again, while Porte fixed his chain on his bike. Froome, who was hit by a second moto following behind, began running up Mount Ventoux, his bike destroyed.

The chase group containing the other GC contenders soon passed the maillot jaune and Porte, as Mollema pressed on to the finish. Froome stopped running after about a hundred metres and waited for a neutral support bike. He stood on the side of the road with fans screaming all around him, watching riders streak past, including Porte, who had fixed his mechanical.

Froome received a spare bike from Mavic neutral support, but it was too small and the bike didn’t have the right type of pedals. His team car finally caught up to him and gave him his spare team bike, so he could finish the stage.


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Today’s feature image comes from stage 12 of the Tour de France.

  • MattHurst

    The recap is actually for stage 12… And oh….my….god. I couldn’t get the last 4 km on steephill to this morning and just saw a clip of Froome running, I am so glad I did not stay up and watch it or I would have completely lost my mind and never got back to sleep!! The highlights above also show the level of thought given my race organisers …the route has the word MODIFiED on it…..and that’s clearly all they thought was necessary…cmon no fences, sweet mercy, the riders and moto had nowhere to go at all (I am assuming they could not get up the route to set the fencing due to that late change and shortened route?…..). Good decision in the end, no wonder it took them 30 minutes….I hope Porte and Froome done come up too sore for the time trial, Froome was running (pun?) on endorphins. What happened to Gerro, he looked very sore when the medic got to him, and he took out some sky riders as well. Oh my lord what a couple of days of racing!!

    • Dave

      Gerrans finished the stage in the grupetto, but he is out of the race with a broken collarbone.

  • Superpilot

    Froome literally took the piss with his piss stop when his troops were down. He shouldn’t have stopped, and the others should have attacked. He didn’t have the problem, his teammates did. I agree with this article, and I have been defensive of protecting the yellow and the patron of the peleton in recent weeks too, so is a turn about for me in this particular circumstance – http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/07/tour-de-france/an-abuse-of-yellow_414736

    Also interesting to hear TVG comments on the idea of the patron and truces. Seems to think it should exist, but once one rider breaks ranks, that’s it http://www.steephill.tv/players/720/nbcsports4/?title=Tejay+van+Garderen+comments+on+chaotic+stage+12+ending&dashboard=tour-de-france&id=ZHnpXlvHqv1F&yr=2016

  • jules

    Ride posted a photo of the Mavic neutral bikes with Look, Mavic and toe-strap pedal options. “we could not find ze right pedal option pour Monsieur Froome”

    • Andy B

      the frame also looked about 3 sizes too small :)

  • Superpilot

    I didn’t know who Dave Everett was, althoughit turns out I enjoyed reading his articles. But after hearing him in the CT from the tour vlogs, you can hear him everywhere now. “Absolutely tip top, yeah, fantastic” :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFfBxnRy7yQ

    • Superpilot

      Turns out that was Jonesy interviewing Dave on the backstage pass!

  • Arfy

    Well, we can’t complain about a lack of action in this Tour – almost forgotten that Contador’s not there! Just a pity that spectators are getting too involved, where were the thousands of police ASO told us would be at the Tour this year?


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