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Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

August 22, 2016


In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Gianni Meersman wins the first road stage of the Vuelta a España; Ewan takes out the Cyclassics Hamburg following Bouhanni relegation; Emilia Fahlin claims her first WorldTour win in Vargarda; Boels-Dolmans wins Women’s WorldTour team time trial in Sweden; Elise Delzenne leads the Trophee d’Or after stage 1 victory; Lisen Hockings, Joe Cooper victorious in Tour of the King Valley; Schurter, Rissveds take gold in Olympic MTB races; Jongewaard and Locke crowned Australian cyclocross champions; Brazilian Olympic cyclist suspended after EPO positive; Mark Cavendish on his first Olympic medal and causing ‘that crash’.

Gianni Meersman wins the first road stage of the Vuelta a España

by Matt de Neef

Belgium’s Gianni Meersman (Etixx-QuickStep) has taken out stage 2 of the Vuelta a España, winning a chaotic bunch sprint into Baiona.

Meersman got the better of Michael Schwarzmann (Bora-Argon18) and Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-BikeExchange) following a stressful and crash-marred finale.


“Not having the top sprinters here means things are more difficult to control, because everybody is aware of the fact there is a chance to pull it off,” Meersman said. “This leads all the time to huge stress and a nervous finale. Fortunately, I had the guys with me in the last two kilometres and they did a marvellous job.”

With fourth place in the final sprint, Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski takes the overall lead from teammate Peter Kennaugh.

The Vuelta continues today with a 176km stage from Marín to Mirador de Ízaro, including an 2km ramp to the finish – the first of the race’s 10 uphill finishes.

Stage 2: Ourense > Baiona - Stage Result

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Today’s feature image shows Nino Schurter on his way to winning gold in the men’s cross country MTB race in Rio.

  • velocite

    It was of course satisfying that Bouhanni was relegate, but it would be good if the judges could publish some kind of reasoning behind the decision. Maybe they could do it in the style of Glenn Stevens, ex Governor of the RBA.

    • Marcus J

      Bouhanni again. It made me wonder whether cycling should have suspensions, like other sports, for dangerous play. He’s a repeat offender.

      • Dave

        They do exist in Theory*, but it requires the chief commissaire to voluntarily refer the decision to the UCI Disciplinary Commission and get involved in the subsequent process.

        Cycling would do well to take inspiration from the rules in Formula 1, where infractions add points to a driver’s licence which result in a number of different penalties if points are accumulated too regularly. At the moment, cycling has nothing of the sort and each incident is assessed on its own.

        * Theory, a wonderful country where a number of things work really well, including (but not limited to) communism, trickle down economics and a Gerrans/Matthews two pronged race strategy.

        • claude cat

          We *really* don’t believe in fairy stories do we? :)

    • AMK3072

      Apart from one team mate no one was rushing up to congratulate him post race.

      • claude cat

        The rest of the team know it’s better to wait for the commissaire’s report before offering congratulations, by force of habit.

    • Dave

      Let me get this straight, you want UCI Commissaires to make speeches to a bunch of sloshed fat cats at a charity fundraising lunch?

  • sket

    Was Sagan riding Specialized tyres?

    • MadBlack

      More than likely. But Kulhavy more than likely also… It could have simply been bad luck.

      • Dave

        Or that Sagan has not been keeping his MTB skills up to date. Preventing flats by good handling and selecting the correct tyre and pressure for the course is part of the game.

        • mh

          Sagan actually admitted that 1st puncture was his mistake.

  • jules

    Are there still people who believe Cav deliberately crashed Park out?

    • James_Casper

      Don’t be so racist Jules!!!!

      Only kidding ?

      Yes, there are. There are those who have such a strong disliking for Cav, that they see it that way.

      FTR – I’m not a Cav fan. Have tried my hardest to be. But there’s no way that was intentional.

      …. Waits for potential flaming ….

      • Dave

        I’ve never been a Cav fan either, and I don’t think it was intentional.

        I certainly thought it was quite reckless. Disqualification from the points race would have been a good way to focus his mind for future events.

  • .: Son1ze :.

    Congrats Nino & Jenny. Always great to see an athelete literally accomplish everything there is to do in his/her sport. Cyclocross needs to be in the Olympics. Cycling (both road & track) provided some of the most exciting action of the Olympics.

    • MadBlack

      +1 on the congrats. Also, it takes some balls to style it out as Nino does whilst in the thick of the action in the OLYMPIC mountain bike race – the single most important race in 4 years.

      to CT: Best choice of title image for a DND in recent memory!!! Keep ’em coming!

  • Hugh Davis

    As someone once said on this site,
    Whenever Bouhanni wins….. Cycling loses.


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