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Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 3, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dahl sprints to biggest career win in Utah; Van Poppel sprints to Vuelta a Burgos opener win; Armitstead avoids Rio ban after winning UK Anti-Doping Court case; Nicole Cooke weighs-in on Armitstead missed tests; UCI expands WorldTour calendar for 2017; Froome: Team GB leader not decided for Rio; Atapuma, Dombrowski headline Tour of Utah GC battle, host of others look to spoil the duel; Lars Boom returns to LottoNL-Jumbo; Hugh Carthy joins Cannondale-Drapac for 2017; The next generation: Meet the 2016 WorldTour stagiaires; Germans bring extra track sprinter to Rio; Truck driver reported after filming road rage incident with cyclists; Trailer: “The Grey Escape”; Specialized Olympic bikes have colour-changing paint; Daniel Oss hair toss

Dahl sprints to biggest career win in Utah

by CyclingTips

Kristofer Dahl (Silber) won the opening stage of the Tour of Utah, beating sprint trains and claiming the biggest win of his career. Though he seemed to start his sprint too early he was able to hold his advantage ahead of Colin Joyce (Axeon Hagens Berman) and Rick Zabel (BMC Racing).

“Coming into the finish it was pretty hectic,” said Dahl. “There were all sorts of things happening. There were attacks and lead out trains that were overtaken. I found myself with one (kilometer) to go on the outside of the group. I started early and just hung on for the win.”

The field sprint came despite the course climbing two KOMs including one topping out at nearly 3,000 metres.

“For the Silber Pro Team, it’s an amazing victory today. To end up in yellow our first year at the Tour of Utah, that’s really special. Everybody can expect the Silber Team to be very active the rest of this race.”

Stage 1: Zion Canyon Village > Cedar City - Stage Result

Monday 1st August 2016

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Today’s feature image comes from the first stage of the Tour of Utah in Zion National Park.

  • Nitro

    Colour changing bikes – Awesome ! (Why do I feel like I should put a “Dude” qualifier at the end of that sentence?)

    Anyone remember the “Global Hypercolor” t-shirt craze from 1991? The ones that told the world where / when you were sweaty ?!?

    • Laurens

      My kids have hot wheels cars that do the same!
      And I guess you’d think twice about using a motor now, imagine a yellow bracket area on an orange bike giving it away ;-)

    • I saw this new paint in action when I was at the Specialized office a couple weeks ago. It was very cool to say the least and certainly brought back the hympercolor t-shirt memories!

  • Andy B

    Orange you glad I didn’t say banana

  • Kieran Degan

    Sweet to see Cadel’s race, Strade and ATOC on the WT list. Surely all of those additional races are going to be hard work for the WT squads who have to field a team for another 30 race days.

    • claude cat

      Timing to announce Tour of Turkey not the greatest, though.

      I note this caveat for the new events “new UCI WorldTour events, participation rules which will ensure that a minimum of 10 UCI WorldTeams take part”: How do they figure out which 10 participate should their be lack of interest or funds to do so? Eg good luck getting 10 WT wanting to go to the Tour of Turkey next year with the political climate as it is!

    • Robert Merkel

      Will Conti teams be allowed in to WT races under the new rules?

      I hope so, otherwise Aussie and American Conti teams will lose their opportunities to showcase their sponsors on TV.

      • Unlikely they’ll be allowed to race. We’re digging into it now and hope to have something in the next week or so.

        • Dave

          The UCI did flag this last year as being a possibility for new events where the full number of WT teams won’t be required to attend.

    • Dave

      All the teams are already (in the 2016 season) entering at least two of the races due to be upgraded, take them out of a few other lower ranked races and the job’s done.

      I think the UCI has been seduced by the possibility of becoming another dictatorship like FIFA when they should have been looking at making the sport more sustainable. The original proposal for the WorldTour reforms was far better – narrowing the scope to just the best European races and a couple more on each other continent, and never having two WT races held on the same day.

  • Neil

    With regard to Armistead, INRNG wrote a really good analysis of the case. Have to say that it really seems dodgy on multiple levels.

    • jon

      It’s kind of interesting how her defense fund was publicly funded; the preferential treatment is sad to see.

  • Instead of “Local police said there is not much they can do since the footage could have been posted to social media by someone other than the driver” imagine “Local police said they will investigate the matter” – I’m clearly living in dreamland….

    • Dave

      I don’t know about Victoria or NSW, but SAPOL won’t bother with cases that have no hope of getting up in court. If the accused opts to try their luck in court rather than getting off with just an expiation notice, the case consequently collapsing for lack of evidence sees the offender walking free and feeling even more vindicated than if they were never dealt with in the first place – plus the wastage of public funds for good measure.

      I agree with you on the public statement, in SA where our police are not as anti-cyclist as in NSW, they would have instead issued a bland “police are looking into the matter” and then let it be quietly discarded into the pile of stuff to deal with once all the real crimes are solved. The possibility of it being investigated would hopefully see the guy pull his head in a bit.

  • Steve J

    What’s with the random guy riding for Aus at the Olympics? Surely there are dedicated road riders who would be pretty pissed off that a MTBer is taking a spot?

    • Dave

      They are using the slot to select an extra rider for the Team Pursuit.

      Then it was just a case of looking at the schedule and riders for all the other cycling events to see who would be best to fill in. At least a MTB guy will be able to pull a couple of turns and do a few bidon runs from the team car for Dennis, Porte and Clarke – unlike Levy for Germany.

    • Bex

      What? it looks like we’ve got two guys riding the MTB, who said he’s riding the road race? and by random guy i assume you’re talking about scott bowden.


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