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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 28, 2016


In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Late-stage attack gives Devenyns overall victory in Tour de Wallonie; Benatti wins Tour of Denmark, stage 1; UCI finds no evidence of motor usage at Tour de France; Analysis: What can pro cycling learn from the IOC’s handling of whistleblowers?; Gilbert to Etixx-QuickStep?; Nibali responds to critics ahead of Olympics; Bahrain Cycling Team moving forward; Iranian women arrested for cycling in public; German broadcaster ARD uncertain about future Tour coverage; Raleigh increases prices by 10 percent after Brexit; Man who knocked cyclist off bike and choked him spared criminal record; Cast members from ‘American Flyers’ to appear at Interbike awards; Five Thirty Eight podcast discusses Team Sky dominance; Wiggle-High5 at La Course; Real Team Sky meets Mini Team Sky; Questionable course design at Tour of Denmark

Late-stage attack gives Devenyns overall victory in Tour de Wallonie

by Mark Zalewski

IAM Cycling continues to impress even as the team itself rides into the sunset, as it will close its doors at the end of the year. This time it was Dries Devenyns mounting a solo attack in the closing kilometres of the final stage at the Tour de Wallonie to take both the stage win and the overall victory.

“I am very happy, I couldn’t do any more. The team did great work in the final kilometres. I attacked in the final. A few days ago I didn’t feel I had enough to win here.”

Both Cofidis and IAM Cycling pushed the tempo during the final kilometres of the stage, as the rolling parcours took a bite out of the peloton, and put pressure race leader Gianni Meersman (Etixx-Quickstep).

Devenyns attacked on a long uphill inside 3km to go, putting Meersman into initial difficulty and blowing up the race. Meersman’s teammate Matteo Trentin rode to the front and set a steady tempo, trying to bring his leader back onto terms.

Cresting the top with 2km to go Devenyns had a small gap of 13 seconds, seeking the 10 second bonus on the line that could put him into the final overall lead. The long drag to the line was excruciating, both to ride and to watch, with a slight rise in the end. Though he was clear of Meersman’s group, another group of five was closing fast. But Devenyns was able to muster just enough to make it to the line by half a bike-length, ahead of Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal) and Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha) in a dramatic finish and taking the lead away from Meersman.


Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Wednesday 27th July 2016

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IAM Cycling
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Etixx - Quick Step
3. ru
KUZNETSOV Viacheslav
Team Katusha

Today’s feature image comes from La Course.

  • Kieran Degan

    Interesting seeing an article about the Bahrain Cycling team followed by an article about women being arrested for cycling. I know Iran and Bahrain are completely different places, but their human rights record and oppression of weaker minorities run the same course. The UCI really should act in the interest of the sport here. Regimes like this are enemies of the freedom and life that cycling has to offer, cycling is more than a professional sport, it is a way of escape, transport, money earning and life giving independence. The top level of the sport should recognise this.

  • Nitro

    OK, I’ll admit it – watched the Mini Sky video, loved the Mini Sky video… Sucked in? You bet…

    I’ll (try to) defend myself on the fact that it was educational.

    Now I know that “doing a fart” when you have people sat on your wheel is a valid pro racing technique, I shall have to try it myself…

    Wonder if it works on Zwift too….? (Yes, I do remember the “Breakway burrito feature” when Zwift was in Beta… Somehow didn’t make it to final release…

  • Daniel

    Gilbert to Etixx cannot be serious, how many classics riders can you have on 1 squad? The guy doesnt ride in support for anybody. Boonen, Stybar, Terpstra, Alaphilippe, Vakoc, and Martin’s focus has been shifted to 1 days. Would be the dumbest move of all time.

  • Berne Shaw

    place on the tour. However a great deal of window dressing has been placed to cover up the real situation of abuse discrimination and a use of women’s rights in Bahrsin. Women in Bahrain cannot get a divorce without a Sharia court in other words they are possessions chattel and inferior. Men can divorce at any time or reason in a civil court. Women who are single are not allowed to live alone or make their own decisions even regarding marriage. They face high rates of extreme and chronic domestic violence discrimination in work and all legal matters affecting every sphere of their lives. They got the right to vote in 2002 but severe restrictions apply to voting and women running for office. Imprisonment of women occurs unequally and shame and punishment occurs both in prison and afterwords. Women have dramatically reduced or non existent rights regarding their children both in marriage and thru divorce.

  • MattHurst

    Andre don’t drop the bike!! Oh, hang on, your arms are bigger than most pros’s, we should be ok :)

    • CapeHorn

      His arms are bigger than those behind him as well…

      • Dave

        The quality of the finish line chaperones was not that impressive this year. It should be better next year without the need for the French Sevens team to be preparing for their first Olympics.


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