Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 23, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: France, at last! Bardet solos to stage win as Froome bloodied in wild day at Tour de France; Lagkuti solos to win on stage 6 of Tour of Qinghai Lake; Riis-Seier Project becomes Team Virtu-Pro Veloconcept; Jesse Sergent announces retirement; Shane Archbold after breaking his pelvis: ‘Give me the f***ing bike’; Herstory: Female Olympic winners past to present – Part 1; 45 more athletes from Beijing, London Olympic test positive; Flashback: American 6-day racing; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 5 highlights; Tour de France, stage 19 recap; Tour de France, stage 18 on-board highlights Tour de France, stage 19 on-board highlights OBE Backstage Pass, stage 18 Avanti Isowhey Sports at the GP Cerami

France, at last! Bardet solos to stage win as Froome bloodied in wild day at Tour de France

by Michael Better

Rain and mountain descents made for a wild day at the Tour de France Friday, as Roman Bardet took the Stage 19 win and moved from fifth overall into second, Chris Froome crashed and finished, bloodied, on a teammate’s bike, and second-placed Bauke Mollema imploded while chasing back from a crash, losing any hope of a podium finish in Paris.

Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) claimed France’s first stage victory of the 2016 Tour, climbing to victory at the finish Saint-Gervais, the base of the famed Mont Blanc. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) led a group across the line 23 seconds later containing some — but not all — of the GC contenders.

Bardet attacked on the run-in to the final climb of the day, as rain-slicked roads saw many riders hit the deck including Froome (Team Sky). Froome would finish the stage on teammate Geraint Thomas’ bike.

“It’s ironic, I was just trying to stay up front and out of trouble, and I hit one of the white painted lines, and I lost my front wheel,” Froome said. “I’m okay. I’m lucky I’m not seriously injured. I lost a bit of skin, and I banged my knee, but this is the kind of day where I’m grateful to have a four-minute advantage to fall back on.”

Bardet was able to set his own pace on the climb and reel in the lone leader Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida). The Frenchman crossed the line smiling, a look of disbelief on his face.


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Today’s feature image comes from stage 18 of the Tour de France.