Wout Van Aert (BEL/Crelan-Vastgoedservice) checking his saddle position pre-race

50th GP Jef Scherens 2016

Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 23, 2016

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In your Tuesday CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Geniez takes win atop Mirador while Movistar takes control; Cookson: Olympic sports ‘in denial’ over drug problems; Editorial critical of Australian media over Olympics; Commonwealth Games velodrome to be named for Meares; Malaysian ‘Pocket Rocket’ Azizul hopes to mentor young cyclists; Cyclists claim three out of five spots on Team GB net worth list; Hand-cycling 24 hour world record attempt coming; Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour race highlights; Sagan Olympic MTB race highlights; Vuelta stage 2 on-board highlights; Vuelta stage 3 recap; Do you even shave, bro?; Premature celebrations compilation

Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-3

Geniez takes win atop Mirador while Movistar takes control

by Mark Zalewski

The Mirador de Ézaro made for an excruciating finish on the third stage of the Vuelta a España, with an average grade of 13.8% over 1.8km and pitches up to 30%. While the GC riders were more worried about time gaps on the final climb, a trio from the main break slipped away from the day’s main break. One rider from it, Alexandre Geniez (FDJ), survived to the top for the solo win, while Movistar’s Rubén Fernández took over the race lead with a strong team showing on the finale.

 

Simon Pellaud attacked out of the breakaway group on the third category Alto de Lestaio climb with more than 40km to go, cresting the top solo and deciding to give the solo break a try, at least in pursuit of the KOM jersey. At the start of the next climb he had more than a minute on the chase and over five minutes on the peloton, but the effort was taking its toll.

Alexandre Geniez (FDJ) and Pieter Serry (Etixx – Quick Step) went in pursuit of Pellaud, and caught him with 23km to go. Pellaud quickly dropped off the pace with Geniez looking to protect the KOM jersey. He and Serry sprinted for the top of the Alto das Paxareiras with Geniez just taking the points ahead of Serry to keep the jersey within the team.

On the descent Pellaud caught back on and provided a much needed boost for the final 13km. Behind them the GC teams were playing a cautious game, more worried about putting their leaders into position for the final climb, lest they be caught out with time gaps or behind any mishaps on such a steep finish.

With two minutes on the peloton and 2km to go, Serry made the first move on the final climb with only Geniez able to respond. In the pelotn LottoNL-Jumbo initially upped the pace for Steven Kruijswijk, but Movistar made the big move with Rubén Fernández, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde. Orica-BikeExchange’s Esteban Chavez was the only other favourite to go with the trio. Sky’s Chris Froome was initially caught out, but he stayed patient and slowly came back to the leading group. While they caught two of the three escapees, Geniez had attacked and held on for the solo win.

Stage 3: Marín > Dumbría. Mirador de Ízaro - Stage Result

Monday 22nd August 2016

1. fr
GENIEZ Alexandre
FDJ
04:28:36
2. es
FERNáNDEZ Rubén
Movistar Team
0:21
3. es
VALVERDE Alejandro
Movistar Team
0:26

Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon at the 50th GP Jef Scherens in Belgium and shows current cyclocross world champion Wout Van Aert  checking his saddle position pre-race

  • Mark Blackwell

    Wonderfully well-behaved crowd at the Vuelta! Police did an amazing job providing enough space to ride what must have been a hellish climb.

    PS. I presume you meant “escapees”, but “escapeeps” is better :)

    • Roger That

      +1 for escapeeps

      • Teresagwallace3

        <<hp.. ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????::::::!il795r:….,…….

  • Alex

    I kinda sick of the inordinate amount of attention CT gives to Peter Sagan, I would be interested to know in what proportion of posts he either features in or in mentioned in because it seems like every second piece has something to do with him.. Some of it seems closer to celebrity reporting than what I know (over many years of reading) to be quality Cycling Tips reporting, for example, I can remember posts about his shaving habits, his marriage and his car. Personally I would like to see less idolisation of this one individual, cycling is too broad for such a disproportionate focus

    • jules

      Sagan’s Olympic MTB race is definitely newsworthy. He gets in the news as he does interesting stuff. Not everything you read has to be dead serious race reports.

      • Alex

        Newsworthy no doubt, but my issue isn’t with these reports its with the superfluous tabloid style pieces on him and his personal life. I’m confident that is not what this website was founded on and its not why I have been a consistent reader for years. I have the choice of ignoring these stories, which for the most part I do (and stick to the ones that interest me) but I am disappointing by what I see as a fall in the standards of this website when it behaves like a Sagan groupie. Cycling Tips has been consistently so much more than that

        • jules

          Personal interest stories are OK with me. I enjoy reading about athletes, beyond just their competitive selves. Some people don’t, that’s OK. I’m quite interested in what makes these people tick.

          • Alex

            “personal interest stories” is a broad title. I too like to hear about athletes but in a mature way (such as interviews or biographies), but I think CT and most of the cycling media gets a little too excited when it comes to Sagan and too easily forgets their journalistic quality

            • jules

              Your perspective is your reality, that’s fine. But from my perspective, I’d be careful about equating journalistic quality with seriousness of a topic. It’s not unethical or cheap to do a story on the human side of an athlete, or any person.

        • Andy B

          *Rant rant rant rant rant*

    • Nitro

      He’s the current world champion.
      He’s won the Tour de France Green jersey – multiple times.
      He’s the biggest personality in the sport.
      He’s clearly someone who has fun when riding
      He’s is a nice “antidote” to the winning-races-by-the-maths approach
      He’s a big animator of races.
      He’s just taken the unprecedented step of skipping the Olympics Road race in favour of “going back to his roots” on mountain bikes.

      If I’d have done any one of these things I’d be hoping for a ton of coverage… let alone all of them!

    • Thanks for the feedback Alex, however I think it comes down to one simple thing: he’s an interesting person. We also have disproportional reportage on Adam Hansen because he’s interesting too. There are a few of these characters who make them fascinating to write about because there’s so much more to them and what they have to say.

      • Alex

        Hi Wade, no doubt he is an interesting person and certainly provides endless opportunities for stories based on him and his exploits. However, for me anyway, what drew me to this website was your excellent writing and advice when this was literally a cycling tips page focused on a more domestic / personal racing scene. Reading up on how to better corner at speed, position in a group or your experiences in a breakaway at the Tour of Bright complemented my own cycling journey wonderfully (and still does). Compared to the poignancy I feel for these kinds of pieces (in recent times I’m thinking the road tripping series or “the whereabouts”), a story on what super car Peter Sagan drives really seems irrelevant, its not where the beauty of cycling lies. Maybe that’s different for other people, but for me, it feels worlds apart from the powerful and thoughtful pieces this website has delivered time and time again

        • Nitro

          I get where you’re coming from – and the “powerful and thoughtful pieces” are absolutely the heart of what I love about this site…
          Sometimes though, a lighter article or story is just as good. For me its all about balance.

          Analogy – I like books & movies that make me think, ones that are clever, ones with plot twists, ones that put life in context… But sometimes I need to disconnect my brain and just have some good old fashioned fun with a bit of escapism…

          Rational? Probably not.
          Unnecessary? Probably.
          Do I question it? Not for a second!

          Just an opinion – and I applaud you for having one. Just because I personally disagree doesn’t devalue yours at all…

        • H.E. Pennypacker

          I would respectfully contend that whereabouts (which I loved) is just as much of a personality piece as anything about Sagan and his wife, for example. It just happens to be a personality piece that you connected with more than others. The people who turn the pedals, and all their eccentricities (serious and contemplative or otherwise), are just as much a part of the beauty of cycling as a anything you happen to find thoughtful.

        • I know what you’re saying Alex and do appreciate the honest feedback. However, there is only so much to say about cornering or bunch positioning before I start saying it again and again. GCN now does this and I’m afraid we don’t have the budget to compete with them. And to be honest, I don’t want to become one of those Men’s Health types of magazines who regurgitates the same content month after month.

          Amazing stories that relate to cycling is what gets me excited. Those come in all different forms and we’re always on the lookout for them.

          • Spartacus

            Hi Wade, you know what I like about CT so I won’t repeat it other than to say the Sagan stuff is interesting enough for me to want to read without being riveting.

            You said your on the look out for ideas – I’ll take you up! A few years back Mr Vroomen tried to get an app-based tablet mag up (I forget the name) which had just awesome long-length profiles written by Paul Kimmage. The ones on Lemond and Pinotti really stand out. Vroomen’s format failed but I suggest that style of long length profile would really enhance CT. I think Roleur do something similar but the web version is just an extract.

      • Rob

        +1 more Sagan!

    • Laurens

      “I would be interested to know in what proportion of posts he either features in or in mentioned in”
      Well then do research. CyclingTips do if they want to know something cycling related ;-)

    • Frank Z

      When

    • Dave

      I shall bear this in mind the next time that cycling is the beneficiary of some cross-promotion during another sporting event.

      I’m sure Simon Clarke can pay for his own ticket if he wants to attend the Boxing Day Test this year, instead of getting in for free to talk up the summer racing on The Cricket Show.

  • Andy B

    Nice hamster pants

  • Dave

    The harsh criticism of the Australian cycling team might come from the fact their two medals came at the eye watering cost of $16,272,764 each.

    The Australian cycling program comfortably took the gold medal for the most expensive program not to meet its targets, spending only $120,000 less than the next three combined.

    Time for all positions to be declared vacant.

    • Nitro

      I find myself in the astonishing – and completely unexpected – position of pondering dusting off my British passport.

      Normally its sits in a locked box at home, never to be used – its mere existence often denied – while the Aussie passport gets used regularly and is proudly referenced regularly.

      I grew up in a land of “The British way is to try your best – because trying your best is something we can do, but winning isn’t”. As a kid I remember the “How much did we lose by?” question being asked instead of a more standard “Did we win?” – It was the national way.

      Beyond belief that – for whatever reason – in 2016 its actually not embarrassing to be a supporter of British sports – at least for now !

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