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Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

September 2, 2016

In your Friday CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Keukeleire wins sprint on tough Vuelta stage; Niewiadoma wins sprint, Blaak takes lead in Boels Rental Ladies Tour; Kristoff wins second stage sprint at Tour des Fjords; Van Garderen gaining new respect for domestiques; Pantano joins Trek-Segafredo for two years; Haussler, Bole join Bahrain-Merida; Martin, Costa highlight Etixx-QuickStep for Tour of Britain; Van Baarle leads Cannondale-Drapac at Tour of Britain; Course control and moto problems plauge Tour des Fjords opener;Boardman, Team GB cyclists call on Prime Minister to support cycling infrastructure; Cyclist deaths in Japan decline after increase in traffic laws; Mountain biker hurt by booby trap; Pit yourself against Team Sky; Yorkshire’s famous Spotty House for sale; Vuelta a España, stage 11 recap; Vuelta a España, stage 11 on-board highlights

Keukeleire wins sprint on tough Vuelta stage

by CyclingTips

After four days of tough uphill finishes, the 12th stage of the Vuelta a España offered the sprinters a chance, but not before a tough stage over four climbs. In the end Jens Keukeleire (ORICA-BikeExchange) handily won the field sprint, a couple of bike lengths ahead of Maxime Bouet (Etixx-QuickStep) and Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo).

“I’ve been going good the last couple of days,” said Keukeleire. “ I made it over the climbs today and had confidence in my sprint. We knew it would be a tough stage and our sport director Neil Stephens said ‘If you are there in the final, give it a go.’

“It’s been amazing so far, Simon winning a couple days ago and me today. What makes it special as well, I just became a father four weeks ago and my girlfriend and son are both here today, so I had to win for them.”

It took around 100km of attacking before any breakaway gained a significant gap, and when it did it contained two Sky riders, Peter Kennaugh and David Lopez, and former race leader Darwin Atapuma. Both Atapuma and Kennaugh were worrisome for the GC teams, and so the chase was on.

“It seems like every stage of this Vuelta is very hard,” said Movistar’s Jonathan Castroviejo. “[The break] had good riders that were well positioned on the GC so we had to work very hard to bring them back. Maybe it was the strategy to make us have to work so hard.”

Stage 12: Los Corrales de Buelna > Bilbao - Stage Result

Thursday 1st September 2016

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Today’s feature image comes from stage 3 of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.

  • sket

    99% of cyclists in Japan ride on the footpath, so the drop in deaths has almost zero to do with running red lights or stop signs! More likely the result of the improved infrastructure like separated bike lanes (and enforcement discouraging salary men from riding home drunk)!

    • jules

      it’s a classic cognitive bias to attribute any phenomenon to an intervention you have made. if I handed Chris Froome a bottle half way up Arthur’s Seat and he goes on to win the stage there at the Sun Tour, I’m gonna tell everyone he was dehydrated and would have suffered a big time loss were it not for my intervention.

      you see the govt doing the same thing all the time. “we introduced this new law and crashes went down by 3% – this is proof that our new law works.” of course if crashes go up, then obviously you need more laws and stiffer penalties. there is no circumstance where they say “hmm.. maybe more laws isn’t the answer?”

      • Dave

        We can see an interesting parallel with the Stuart Highway in the NT. As of Saturday night the ALP back in power, and they’ve stated that the 130km speed limits (the removal of which saw a reduction in crashes) are coming back in on the 300km of currently unrestricted highway.

        • jules

          there is an associated imperative for govts to be seen to be doing something (anything!) one of the greatest crimes a govt can commit is be asleep at the wheel – particularly when some shit hits the fan. the public do not tolerate inaction. if you read an inquiry report – any of them, usually chaired by judges – they invariably come with a raft of recommendations for action. lots of actions. woe betide any govt that fronts up to an inquiry into something really bad that’s happened with a story “we didn’t do anything to stop it, we felt the best thing was to let people work it out for themselves.” even if that’s a sensible approach, the media, if not the inquiry/judge, will tear the govt to pieces.

          so basically we live in the age of obsessive, paranoid arse-covering by govts. if putting a 130km/h speed limit on the Stuart Hwy doesn’t save any lives, it’s still a win cos they’ve been seen to have taken action.

  • Pretty impressive sprint win for Kasia Niewiadoma. Amy Pieters and Chantal Blaak are very fast finishers.

  • Andy B

    If Tejay finds riding GC so easy perhaps he should try doing it to win

    • Bex

      reminds me of that story about a guy learning to play golf. his mate says hit the ball over there near the flag. the fella does that so it lands near the flag, then the mate says now put it into the hole. The fella says why didn’t you just tell me to do that in the first place. Perhaps no one’s told TJ he should be going for quickest time overall.

    • Dave


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  • Dave

    Disgraceful move by Heinrich Haussler to ride for Bahrain-Merida.

    I would like to encourage anyone reading this from Cycling Australia to consider asking him very nicely to not turn up for any of the summer races here, especially not the national championship as we don’t want our national colours anywhere near that team.

    If you’re reading this HH, you’re a fucking miserable scab.

    • Nitro

      I understand the feelings / frustrations, but not sure the language is warranted…

      • Dave

        Working for a despot is not warranted either.

        Do UCI rules allow a national federation like CA to de-register a rider so they have to get their racing licence through some other national federation instead?

        • James_Casper

          I don’t usually agree with Cookson, but he makes a valid point here (though it is a cop out):

          “If some government, some sponsor is free to do business in the rest of the world, it is difficult for sport to hold that person, that business, that government to a higher standard.

          “Until someone is proven guilty of some crime or some offence which stops them taking part in international life, then there is very little that a sports body can do about it.”

          I think CA would look slightly ridiculous if they were to take up your suggestion. Especially as it’s president also runs a cycling team that is backed by a company that also (but obviously no where near as badly as this Bahrain prince) has a very poor reputation.

        • Andrew O’Neill

          Ease up Dave.

          The guy’s trying to save his career and I dare say his options were limited. Employment is employment. What’s he meant to do, turn down the ride give up?

          • James_Casper

            Well put. Would be interesting to see / learn who Dave works for, where his boss invests his money, or if he is self-employed who is Customers and or Suppliers are.

          • winkybiker

            Yep. At some point, principles matter. To most. There is more at stake here.

        • winkybiker

          No rules required. We should all act according to basic principles of human decency. The right to call out those that sell their souls in the pursuit of money/glory/power/whatever is a cornerstone of our society/

          • Dave

            That’s a good rule for individuals, but unfortunately organisations don’t have any morals and are therefore bound by their own rules and regulations.

            I’d be happy if his licence renewal or entry form for the national championship race got ‘lost in the post,’ or for some anonymous tipoff to lead to noisy and disruptive 3am ASADA visits.

    • James_Casper

      What a wank comment.

      Language …. Not warranted.

      Full of pretentiousness. Is there anything worse than seeing someone use the term “we”, as if they represent every single person in this country?

      Dave … I’m looking forward to you calling Wade a “%*^%% miserable scab” if you ever see a Merida bike ad, or bike review on here.

      Just checking … Who do you fly with when you go to Europe? Would hate for you to be a hypocrite, or expect EVERYONE to live according to YOUR moral compass.

  • “Cyclist deaths in Japan decline after increase in traffic laws” = yeah, and how much was the decline in cycling overall?! Need a comparative analysis. Regardless the fines are unjustifiable.


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