Marcel Kittel (DEU/Etixx-Quickstep) brings Tom Boonen (BEL/Etixx-Quickstep) to the front via the bike path

Brussels Cycling Classic 2016

Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

September 6, 2016

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In your Tuesday CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Drucker takes win on rare Vuelta sprint stage; Vermote rides the breaks to Tour of Britain stage win; Molema wins TT, Carpenter into one second GC lead in Alberta; Michael Gallagher apologises for EPO positive: ‘I have done the wrong thing’; Vuelta time cut decision causes reaction from riders; Cavendish stops mid-race to speak with spectator; Wildfires may affect Vuelta time trial; Cyclist who crashed in RideLondon sportif passes away; Former TV presenter Clarkson criticises ‘sanctimonious cyclists’; Driver and cyclist charged in road rage incident; Motorist uses cycle path to pass cyclists; Vuelta stage 16 recap; Race to the Rock – day 3 highlights.

Peníscola - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Jean-Pierre Drucker (Luxemburg / BMC Racing Team) - Selig Rudiger (Germany / Bora Argon 18) - Nikias Arndt (Germany / Team Giant - Alpecin)  pictured during stage 16 from  Alcaniz to Peníscola - Vuelta Espana 2016 - photo Sabine Jacob/Cor Vos © 2016

Drucker takes win on rare Vuelta sprint stage

by Mark Zalewski

Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC) was the benefactor of a final kilometre attack by Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff) as it forced other sprinters like Gianni Meersman (Etixx-QuickStep) to waste their sprint to close the gap, allowing him to finish off the win ahead of Rüdiger Selig (Bora-Argon 18) and Nikias Arndt (Giant – Alpecin).

“I suffered a lot the last stage but I kept believing in this sprint stage,” said Drucker. “I was confident in my sprint and took a chance. It was hectic with all the roundabouts in the city so it was choosing the good wheels. I had [Danilo] Wyss who did a great job for me and then it was just hoping to get the good opening.

“The main goal was to win a stage so now I have no stress anymore. I will take my chance again but first of all it is a rest day tomorrow. It’s nice to have a victory in a Grand Tour — it’s always nice to have behind your name.”

The main break consisted of: Davide Villella (Cannondale – Drapac), Mario Costa (Lampre-Merida), Silvan Dillier (BMC), Sven Erik Bystrom (Katusha), Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis) and Julien Morice (Direct Energie) It went away only 4km into the stage, but the day was tailor-made for the sprinters and the final break riders were caught around 10km to go.

At 2km to go Bennati made a solo attack that surprised many, including the TV moto who was caught and passed by the Italian. Bennati held his lead almost all the way to the line but Meersman, eyeing the finish, drove it hard and caught him at 150m. However, this left him with nothing to sprint and Drucker was able to come around him at the end.

Stage 16: Alcañiz > Peñíscola - Stage Result

Monday 5th September 2016

1. lu
DRUCKER Jean-Pierre
BMC Racing Team
03:21:18
2. de
SELIG Rüdiger
Bora-Argon 18
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3. de
ARNDT Nikias
Team Giant - Alpecin
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Today’s feature image comes from the Brussels Cycling Classic.

  • James_Casper

    Funny … The top 10 in Monday’s stage all finished 22 minutes outside of the cut-off time from the day before.

    Wonder what type of reaction there’d be if Froome ends up winning the Vuelta and his team mates are instrumental in turning things around.

    Race could end up being tainted.

    I realise there were 94 riders, but to average 10km/h less than the stage winner is just taking the Piss.

    As Jan Bakelandts said, finish maybe 5 mins outside limit could be understood. But 22 min?

    • Dave

      The person who will have the most right to be angry is Steven Kruijswijk, who you might recall was lying in a hospital bed while the riders raced stage 6 just like nothing had happened the previous day.

      Perhaps next time there is an issue of safety, some of the riders will think back to Sunday’s stage as that great moment when they flexed their muscles for real, leaving the UCI and race organisers with no choice but to do the right thing.

      I have no problem with a large grupetto exercising that option. I certainly don’t think it’s any more of an arbitrary modification of the sporting context than the 3km rule which gives the GC contenders special treatment on every flat stage.

      • donncha

        Monday wasn’t an issue of safety, so not sure the relevance of bringing that into it.

        What’s the point of having a cutoff if you’re not going to enforce it? I’ve no problem relaxing it if something out of the riders’ control caused them to miss the cut, but for them all to just sit up and decide they were having an extra rest day is a bit much.

        • Dave

          The point is about the riders’ rather bizarre selection of when to use the sole power they do have over the UCI and race organisers.

          It’s rather odd that they care more about protesting against a tough course (if you think it wasn’t a protest, you’re deluded) than they do about protesting against their lives being put at risk, wouldn’t you say?

          • donncha

            Yep, that aspect of it is odd.

          • jules

            it’s obviously easier to organise a go-slow when you’re suffering to reach the time cut-off than a protest when your legs are still fresh and people have race plans to execute

        • jules

          what they should do is lop off the last 3 finishers of every stage. teams could nominate a protected sprinter who gains immunity. there could be a ceremony after each stage where the 3 eliminated riders’ torches are put out.

          • Bex

            imagine how chaotic the last few ks would be on a sprint stage. do guys who crashed get immunity as well? maybe a couple of days where they’re barlies.

            • jules

              if they finish in a grupetto, they could just draw 3 names from the group at random. so there’s no point sprinting from the back and causing a pileup. I’ve got this figured out ;)

          • Dave

            This was tried in the early decades of the Tour de France back when the race director changed the format every couple of years.

          • Laurens

            I think the protected sprinter should wear an amulet.

    • velocite

      I doubt that they were ‘taking the piss’ – would 6 Sky riders have left their leader isolated because they felt like a rest? But I do agree, it seems unfair on those who made an effort and succeeded that the rule should be waived. I suspect it’s the ‘too big to fail’ principle. In terms of his effect on world cycling Lance was too big to fail, so he was allowed to dope. Clarke giving Porte a wheel, no problem with issuing a penalty commonly seen as silly, only affects one popular but not wildly popular rider. 94 riders missing the cut, including 6 Sky? Would piss too many people off…

      I’d love to hear TSP on this.

      • James_Casper

        The sky riders sat up with just under 80kms to go. At that time they were 3 mins behind Froome, who was 3 mins behind Alberto etc.

        So those sky riders lost 48 minutes in less than 80 kms of “racing”.

        They took the piss.

        • velocite

          I didn’t know that. Sounds like cheating.

          • Dave

            Ah, so we’re into another round of deciding the difference between exploiting a loophole and cheating. Good to have one not about doping for once.

            We need to consider the 3km rule at the same time, that’s also prone to exploitation/cheating by GC contenders taking a leisurely dawdle to the finish on flat stages. Perhaps it should be applied only to those who actually crash?

            • velocite

              I was not intending to make it a moral issue, it’s a governance issue isn’t it? Did Team Sky or anyone else decide to hang back on the basis that if we all do it the race organizer wouldn’t dare cut them? If so the jury was had, and should stop doing it immediately.

  • ISJ

    Folks, as a longtime listener first time caller I just had to write in to say i think it’s time to stop putting random road rage videos pulled from facebook in the daily news section of a dedicated cycling website, yes it happens, yes it sucks but they are better suited to being click bait on mainstream news sites who only seem able to publish news if it’s aggressive or negative no matter how minor it is. Surely there’s more interesting positive stories around in the world of cycling than going down this path?

    • bike-aholic

      Haha – “going down this path”. I see what you did there.

    • Mark Blackwell

      I’m actually kinda worried that so many of these videos are appearing in mainstream clickbait media… cyclists seem to think that it helps the cause by naming and shaming the road-ragers out there, but the Clarkson point of view is the one that most will take, justified or not.

      Who else thinks that cyclists might one day be banned from riding on roads?

    • Luke Bartlett

      except the hilarity at dino-clarkson thinks the guy’s last name is Vine when im pretty sure it’s just his Vine account. His views on everything are fucked.

      • Dave
      • Milessio

        Err, his name actually is Jeremy Vine!

        A Met spokeswoman said officers from Kensington and Chelsea arrested a woman on Friday.

        She said: “The 22-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of common assault and a public order offence. She has been bailed to return to police on a date in early September.”

        • Luke Bartlett

          “radio presenter David Vine”

          nice work, myself.

          Clarkson’s still an idiot.

    • velocite

      I just voted that comment up in error. I don’t see these vignettes anywhere else and to me they’re quite gripping, as well as being a worthwhile reminder of the range of behaviours we might encounter. The good news from the first one was that it appeared that the female person was all mouth, she seemed unlikely to use her car as a weapon, which of course is the real worry.

    • MadBlack

      Thanks, I was thinking the same. What’s the point of these vids?!

      On a side not CT the amount of fing Facebook links is highly annoying. Plenty of people without an account read your site. If it’s not publicly available it shouldn’t be posted.

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  • Bravo

    That banner photo, damn Boonen always looks good on a bike……

    • sps12321

      Everybody always looks good on a bike! Definitely better than when they’re not on a bike.

    • Lach

      Doesn’t he! I was thinking that the other day, he is built for the bike. Always looking phenomenal

  • jules

    Clarkson is a dickhead. His argument about why motorists should take priority over cyclists is simply that motorists should take priority over cyclists. Genius.

    • Regardless of Clarkson’s opinion, the cyclist could have moved over. The video shows ample space for him to. Instead he stopped to ‘teach her a lesson’. I’m all for cyclists being allowed to use the road. But sanctimony seems about right imo. And at the end he’s almost baiting her to assault him. These incidents, shared so publicly, so nothing to improve understanding or consideration on the road. If you’re a driver, be patient. If you’re a cyclist, move out of the way if it’s safe and viable to do so. Being hit by a car or assaulted by an aggressive driver is too steep a price to pay to prove entitlement to the lane.

      • jules

        Hi Justin we’ve discussed this before on this forum and I was interested to hear your views on these sorts of incidents, given your expertise. However, in this instance I must disagree. I am the first cyclist to move over if there’s ample room, I don’t take any satisfaction in ‘proving a point’ by blocking motorists. But in that video, there was no room for the cyclist to move, other than off the road entirely. That is an option if a driver is showing signs of being very aggressive and I agree discretion is the better part of valour sometimes. But not as a rule. That driver clearly needed to just wait. I’d have held my ground there.

        • Maybe we were looking at different things? The view appears to show spaces on both the left and the right of the cyclist that would have allowed him to move over and let the idiot pass.

          Sometimes, when idiot is behind you being an idiot, it’s easier to not bother holding your ground. It only reinforces their perception of cyclists as idiots. Which then reinforces our perception of them as idiots. And that helps no one.

          • jules

            I think we’re watching the same video. Yes, there were spaces, but they were there before the driver beeped at the cyclist. The conflict escalates almost immediately after the first beep and in that short space, there doesn’t appear to be any opportunities for the cyclist to move over.

            But that’s splitting hairs. I agree with you in general, actually I’ll sometimes move over without being ‘prompted’ by a following motorist. Some of them are so unused to that sort of thing that they don’t know what to do. But I’m not always perfect either :)

            I still support the cyclist there. It doesn’t look like he had much opportunity to move over – the driver seems to go nuts with minimal warning or provocation.

          • Will

            As someone who cycles in London I fully sympathise with Jeremy Vine. That sort of street is not conducive to passing, probably has a 20mph limit which Vine will be close to and has lights coming up that the driver will have to stop for anyway. It’s a common occurrence for motorists to execute dangerous overtaking in order to get to the red light first, so it’s common for cyclists to take the lane to prevent this.

            I don’t know where you cycle Justin, but I’m guessing it’s not in the UK where roads a very narrow, particularly in the UK. It’s not safe to let cars overtake you, especially as they then get stuck in traffic and you end up doing a very pointless game of leap frog.

            It’s not an issue of entitlement vs sharing the space, it’s an issue of avoiding being injured by a car. In London there is very little infrastructure to protect cyclists and the most common form of accident involving a cyclist and car is where the driver looked but didn’t see. Therefore, most cyclists try to make themselves as visible as possible.

            I’m disappointed that you are not more aware of the nuances of driving and cycling. It’s not an issue of the fastest takes more priority and cyclists should get out of the way whenever there is a car behind them.

            • Will

              Another common issue in London is being doored. It’s happen to me often, including by the police. With two banks of cars on either side Vine has to stay in the middle in order to avoid it.

            • Fair comments Will. The Australian context is entirely different. Particularly where I’m based.

              When the facts change, so do my opinions. And with that context, my opinion has shifted.

  • PDidds

    Another update from the Tour of Britain.. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CrnH9TsWYAAJNmh.jpg:large

  • Richard Bruton

    The Brussels Cycling Classic has supplied some brilliant headline photos! Thanks

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