A view of the 2km-long Champs-Elysees from the Arc de Triomphe.

Daily News Digest

by CyclingTips

July 25, 2016

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In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chloe Hosking sprints to victory at La Course; Andre Greipel takes final sprint victory on Champs-Elysees, Chris Froome wins third Tour de France; Nicolas Marini wins stage 8 of Tour of Qinghai Lake; Oleg Tinkov: I’ll come back and win the Tour de France when Froome has gone; Quintana to miss Rio Olympics; Zakarin’s Olympic bid still uncertain – may compete as independent athlete; Rio Olympics 2016: Athletes’ village ‘unliveable’…

La Course 2016 celebration

Chloe Hosking sprints to victory on La Course

by Ella CyclingTips

Australian rider Chloe Hosking won the 2016 La Course in a sprint finish ahead of Finland’s Lotta Lepisto and Dutch legend Marianne Vos.

Due to two crashes on the final lap, teams were unable to get a good leadout together and it was every woman for herself as the peloton charged down the cobbled Champs Élysées into a messy sprint where Hoskins went early and held off the field.

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HOSKING Chloe
Wiggle High5
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2. fi
LEPISTö Lotta
Cervélo-Bigla Pro Cycling
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3. nl
VOS Marianne
Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team
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Read the full report of the 2016 La Course on Ella here

Today’s feature image is by Cor Vos on stage 21 of the Tour de France.

  • JessMc

    Yes! Women’s cycling at the top of the digest!

    • Dave

      The commentary from Anthony McCrossan – the self-appointed voice of women’s cycling – was absolutely terrible. At one point he was vamping for almost 30 seconds while trying to work out who the name of the rider in the breakaway, blabbing away over the top of Rochelle Gilmore who was waiting to provide the answer.

      Phil and Paul really aren’t that bad.

      • Robert Merkel

        At least you had commentary – SBS’s feed of the commentary dropped out for ~15 minutes. For a while all we had was the environmental sounds from the motos (which is kinda refreshing for a while TBH). Then they managed to patch Dave McKenzie and Henk Vogels on – they did their best but they obviously weren’t prepared and lacked briefing notes.

        Tech snafus happen, but the bigger problem with the coverage was France TV’s director, who seemed to be presenting an aerial snapshot of central Paris occasionally interrupted by a bike race.

        • Dave

          I was watching on SBS. Tomalaris tweeted that the commentary feed dropped from the other end, but SBS have a long history of reflexively blaming the other end even when it is a fault on their end.

          I was kind of hoping that the cause of the issue was Rochelle growing sick of McCrossan and setting fire to the sound console in the booth so it wouldn’t come back. Perhaps she needs to work on her martial arts skills instead.

          You’re right about Macka and Henk’s admirable effort showing the importance of good preparation – exactly the stuff that Keeno was talking about in his piece a few days ago. McCrossan is even more at sea when trying to call the track world championships where the field is different in each race and he can’t just revert to cheering for Vos when it gets too hard.

      • velocite

        It’s quite mystifying really. The go to the trouble of organizing this women’s race, you would have thought to advance women’s cycling, and then they do this appalling job of presenting it. Apart from the poor commentary,when there was any, even when we weren’t being treated to a view of the Eiffel tower from a long way above, the coverage was pretty distant. Surely that course would safely accommodate plenty of motos so we could get to know the athletes. And then if could add Keenan/McEwen style commentary we’d get to know the women’s peloton. Which I for one would like to do.

        • Irenemlopez1

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      • Bex

        i didn’t find his commentary that bad, admittedly i only turned on with 30k to go (caught the back of henk and dave effort). the by far more annoying and disappointing thing was the video feed (as velocite pointed out). Views of paris, monuments, and architecture are all well and good but surely they should’ve gotten all that out of the way before the races closing stages. It was like they had only one camera on the whole course. The number of times something was starting to happen at the front for it to cut to a scenery shot and then the back of the peloton was so dissapointing. Could’ve been presented in a way more professional manner D-

  • Arfy

    AOC need to ensure they run trials on the Olympic Village emergency evacuation systems before letting athletes in there. If the normal plumbing and lighting’s broken what’s the wiring for smoke detectors, evacuation alarms, fire sprinklers, and emergency exits like? You’d be safer sleeping on the streets.

  • Dave

    Zakarin will not need to compete as an individual athlete, it is plainly ludicrous to suggest that the UCI will follow the IAAF’s lead and ban Russia from the cycling events.

    Cookson will remember what happened last time the leadership of the UCI tried standing up to Makarov: McQuaid was swiftly defenestrated within a year and replaced with Cookson.

    • Indeed. A Russian registered team led by a Russian rider, owned by a Russian billionaire, who is president of the Russian federation. I have a hunch we’ll see Zakarin competing in a couple weeks.

      • Dave

        Don’t forget ‘powerful UCI Management Committee member’ for good measure.

      • GC_Frosty

        Maybe not. From the IOC website – The Russian Olympic Committee is not allowed to enter any athlete for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 who has ever been sanctioned for doping, even if he or she has served the sanction. Exit Zakarin & Zabelinskya.

        • Dave

          Good luck with that. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has previously set the precedent that athletes cannot be banned from future editions of the Olympics once they have served their time.

          If the UCI try to enforce that IOC directive, the Russians will demand an emergency CAS hearing.

      • Pete

        Zakarin shouldn’t be competing full stop. Just move them on.

  • Cameron Harris

    So that’s why all the cool socks were out of stock – Dave stole them all!

  • BRK

    Ha ha! The TDF vlogs have been great!! Thanks :)

  • Andy B

    Sagans sprint was pretty cool to watch :)

  • Mark

    Loved the TDF Vlog! Great insight into behind the scenes shenanigans. Looks gruelling but also incredible at the same time.

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