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by Mark Zalewski

August 17, 2016

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In your Wednesday CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Rosskopf wins Tour de Limousin opener; Contador pressing reset again in Spanish Grand Tour: My goal is to fight for Vuelta victory; Former world champion Philippe Gilbert joins Etixx-QuickStep; Adam and Simon Yates extend contracts with Orica-BikeExchange; Mixed reactions as Cavendish causes Olympic omnium crash; Bushfire threatens Rio Olympics mountain bike course; FireRoadies! WorldTour riders get wake-up call at Leadville 100 MTB Race; A deeper look at the WorldTour TTT boycott; Daniele Bennati joins Movistar in 2017; Owain Doull joins Team Sky; Formolo extends with Cannondale-Drapac; Bradley Wiggins hopes to form a women’s U23 team by 2018; ORICA-BikeExchange for La Veulta; Meares to retire after Rio?; British Cycling deals with saddle sores using science; Sven Nys in retirement

Rosskopf wins Tour de Limousin opener

by CyclingTips

BMC’s Joey Rosskopf won the opening stage of the Tour du Limousin, taking his first individual win with the team, ahead of Hubert Dupont (AG2R La Mondiale) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis). The win came out of a long breakaway that foiled the plans of the sprint teams.

“The race today was very hard and also very aggressive. At the front it was a little messy, but in the end it went well.

“In fact this is my first win professional apart from the team time trial. Last week I rode the Tour of Utah and that went well, so I felt good coming off that.”

Dupont initiated the main breakaway, joined soon after by Rosskopf and Flavien Dassonville (HP BTP-Auber 93). Later the trio were joined by ten more riders.

Behind them the aggressive racing split the peloton into two groups with 90km still to go. However, the two groups came back together at the feed zone, with Movistar, Tinkoff and Southeast taking up the chase soon after. Later Nacer Bouhanni’s Cofidis team started working while the break began to shed riders. Four kilometres from the finish the escape has only six riders left and thirty seconds on the peloton. But the peloton mistimed the catch and in the last hundred meters Rosskopf attacked, anticipating the sprint.

Stage 1: Limoges > Oradour-sur-Glane - Stage Result

Tuesday 16th August 2016

1. us
ROSSKOPF Joey
BMC Racing Team
03:55:26
2. fr
DUPONT Hubert
AG2R La Mondiale
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3. fr
EDET Nicolas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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  • lefthandside

    I’ve got to say, the saddle sore gains are anything but marginal

    • Dave

      How to tell a coach who isn’t a rider themselves.

      • lefthandside

        Spot on… I mean this isn’t exactly tinkering round the edges, so to speak

    • Wish I was on the bike…

      Anyone care to ask Greg Henderson about his folicle mansgement? ;-)

  • Wish I was on the bike…

    Matt stephens directing OBE at Vuelta?

    • donncha

      It’s a joint effort :-)

  • jules

    Anna Meares’ comments about Team GB were certainly interesting. she has since clarified that she wasn’t insinuating that they were doping, but reading her comment – it sure sounds like it.

    • When medals don’t sell papers, because they’re few and far between, then innuendo does.

      • jules

        I guess I was interested in what Anna meant by her comment. I would tend to believe she wouldn’t slander the Poms, but her words make me wonder. if I didn’t hold her in such high respect I’d probably assume she was questioning them.

        • Bex

          But she is questioning them, and fair enough it would seem. She said they’ve done (relatively) poorly at the world cups and world championships; yet they’re blitzing everyone at the olympics.

          I haven’t checked the stats to see who won what, but it’s a sad day if elite athletes (not just Anna with questions) can’t voice their thoughts after their events. If it was straight after i’d take it as a heat of the moment comment but next day and with a number of other countries with the same comments it bears a little thinking about.

  • Dave

    Great to read today that Rob Power is finally making his debut as an Orica rider, in the Arnhem-Veenendaal semi-classic on Friday.

    Congratulations to Rob, and kudos to the team for sticking with him when it could have been tempting to delist him. It’s no wonder that their riders are so keen to reciprocate that sort of loyalty when their contracts are up.

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