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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 27, 2016


In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Matteo Trentin wins Wallonie stage 4; Kump gets first win of season on stage 9 of Tour of Qinghai Lake; IOC: ‘No presumption of innocence for Russian athletes’; Herstory: Female Olympic winners past to present – Part 2; Tinkoff team budget analysis; Wiggins picks Froome to win Rio time trial; Dumoulin back on the bike, hopeful for Rio; Froome to race Vuelta after Olympics; Cavendish on Rio: ‘This is about making every single pedal rev count’; Final Tour de France prize money list; Nairo Quintana time lapse video; Mini-team Sky celebrates

Matteo Trentin wins Wallonie stage 4

by Mark Zalewski

Matteo Trentin (Etixx-QuickStep) went from lead-out man to stage winner on the fourth stage of the Tour de Wallonie, as his speed to launch race leader and teammate Gianni Meersman to the line was too much for any other rider, including Meersman.

“My shape is really good,” said Trentin. “I was really focused on winning yesterday — today the goal was Gianni. But at 150m to go I just kept going.”

A small peloton, reduced by three finishing circuits up difficult climbs, came into the finale. The best young rider leader Antoine Warnier (Wallonia Brussels – Protect Group) attacked just outside the 1km marker, forcing the other riders to abandon any sprint train plans. “I was riding hard all day and a little bit tired but thought I would try an attack in a moment of hesitation,” said Warnier. “I live nearby and know the roads really well. I tried an attack for my girlfriend! If the line was a little closer I would have won.”

But Etixx-QuickStep would not be denied as it continued to dominate the stage and the race, going first and third, with the yellow jersey just beat by Gediminas Bagdonas (AG2R La Mondiale). “The first 50kms were very difficult,” said Meersman. “I took the sprint bonus with a couple of seconds. I am very happy for Matteo and happy for the team.”

Meersman’s bonus gives him a six second lead over Dimitri Claeys (Wanty – Groupe Gobert).


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Today’s feature image comes from stage 21 of the Tour de France taken by BrakeThrough Media.

  • winkybiker

    A race where one finishes covered in “soot” doesn’t sound too pleasant.

    • velocite

      Coal powered engine perhaps?

      • Dave

        Fixed their bike at a blacksmith’s shop mid-race?

    • Andy Logan

      Pretty standard if you race Koorangang Island up in Newcastle in NSW….

      • winkybiker

        I’ve raced there! I grew up in Newcastle. Perhaps it’s not so sooty now the steelworks are long closed. I guess the dust blows of the coal loader stockpiles?

        • Andy B

          No Soot now, only the fresh smell of fertilizer from Orica

  • marcus_moore

    While I realise that the “results” aren’t necessarily realistic – where’s the Post-Tour crit coverage??
    It’s always fun to see what the promoters want in the results!!

    • Ha! You might want to look for those in some obscure Dutch or Belgian website as we won’t be covering those on our dime. If you find anything, let us know.

    • I just came across this (Chris Froome winning his first post-tour crit of the year): http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/froome-wins-first-post-tour-crit-and-pockets-big-appearance-money/

      “Froome took victory in the Aalst Criterium in Belgium on Monday evening, having already jetted from Paris back to Sky’s offices in the UK for a sponsor obligation.

      He took the win in Belgium from Greg Van Avermaet, the BMC Belgian rider who won a stage in the Tour and also held the yellow jersey.

      And filling 3rd place was Rafal Majka (Tinkoff), who won the king of the mountains at the Tour.”

    • Albertajclark3

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  • velocite

    My word for the day: ‘catabolic’, thanks to Cavendish. I didn’t know what it meant so looked it up. Very interesting, clearly relevant to participating in the TdF.

  • velocite

    Weak, ineffectual and mealy-mouthed, the IOC statement about the Russian non-ban. Sure, there may be a few clean Russian athletes, but the big deal about the Olympics is that it’s also between nations, and the dishonest intent of Russia at the highest level appears to have been established beyond doubt. There was an article on The Conversation last week in which an academic argued against a ban on the grounds that depriving an individual athlete of the opportunity of competing in the games was a punishment like prison, and that a criminal standard of proof should apply. Risible. If cutting holes in walls to allow the doped samples to be swapped for clean ones doesn’t get a nation banned, what would? I think the penalties applied to Armstrong were unfair to him, but they were part of a major shock to cycling which was beneficial. Russian should have been banned in the interests of fairness to everyone else.

    • Dave

      I agree that the IOC should have taken a stand, because not all of the sporting federations will enforce their directive properly.

      The IOC’s position may be in conflict with the WADA Code and liable to be overturned on appeal. But I would still prefer that they had taken a stand and tried their luck with an appeal rather than leaving it to the sporting federations.

      Well done to the IAAF, FINA and whatever the rowing body is called for doing the right thing. Your turn Cookson…

      • jules

        ‘You have to ban Russian cyclists’
        ‘They are suspected of doping’
        ‘Go on..’

      • velocite

        I assumed that the IOC was like the supreme body as far as the Olympics were concerned – is there some higher body that could hear and appeal?

        • Dave

          Two things:

          1. Their own rules and regulations, which include the WADA Code.

          2. The Court of Arbitration for Sport.

          Oh, and even if they did have some sort of supremacy, they opted not to use it!

          • velocite

            OK, I’m learning here, thanks to you. I read Wikipedia on CAS and it seems that although it was the creature of the IOC, specifically the well known Juan Antonio Samaranch, it has become independent of it – although what would happen if the CAS and the IOC were in opposition, who knows?

            • Dave

              The IOC has indeed accepted the role of CAS to rule on Olympic matters. Temporary CAS offices are even established in the Olympic host cities to allow appeals to be heard promptly.

              The IOC is also under Swiss law.

              But that’s not relevant when it will be every sporting federation whose decisions will be subject to appeal and not the IOC. And we all know how good the UCI has been at getting their decisions to be sustained on appeal in recent years, ever since Cookson threw all their cash on hand at the CIRC report and left none in the bank to pay for lawyers.


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