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Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

September 21, 2016


In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dennis wins Eneco Tour time trial; Visconti attacks late to win Giro della Toscana opener; UCI lobbying WADA to ban Tramadol; David Millar says drugs used by Wiggins should be banned; More cyclists medical data leaked by hackers; Doug Ryder to fight to remain in WorldTour; New company looks to bring races to Colorado, Virginia; AG2R-La Mondiale releases financial statements; Mara Abbott retires; De Marchi extends with BMC; König to BORA-hansgrohe; Atapuma to new Chinese team project; USA Cycling announces worlds team; Slappendel retires at the top of her game; GoPro goes drone.

Dennis wins Eneco Tour time trial

by CyclingTips

Rohan Dennis (BMC) won the second stage time trial of the Eneco Tour and takes over the yellow jersey. Jos van Emden (Team LottoNL – Jumbo) finished five seconds behind in second and Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar) took third, 14 seconds behind Dennis.

“From what I saw from my side, it was as close to perfection in a time trial,” said Dennis. “I took all the risks and kind of crossed my fingers every time I went through a corner. But it worked out. Today was as quick as I could go.”

While Dennis takes over the race lead, the team time trial on Friday will still play a major role in the team’s plans.

“The team time trial will be another big day for the GC, so it’s just about making sure we all stay up front and don’t lose time each day. I think the Limburg stage and the final stage are also big concerns for the GC.”

The TT win, though only a 9.6km distance, bodes well for Dennis heading into the World Championships next month. “Today’s performance was good for confidence when it comes to Qatar. It’s flat, there’s corners here in the time trial and it was all about who had the most power today so that’s a good indication for Qatar, considering that’s going to be 100% flat.”

Stage 2 (ITT): Breda > Breda - Stage Result

Tuesday 20th September 2016

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Today’s feature image shows Vlaamse Druivenkoer race winner Jerome Baugnies (Wanty – GroupeGobert) after racing in the 32°C heat.

  • velocite

    I guess it underlines what a small niche bicycle racing occupies in the US, that they have no real sprinter to contend at the Worlds.

    • There’s a little bit more to this story which, hopefully, we’ll be able to share in the next couple days.

    • Mark Zalewski

      Could argue that there are more countries without a top-level “real” sprinter than those with one.

      • Dave

        And that’s why it’s by no means guaranteed to finish in a big bunch sprint.

        In the days before the 2012 Olympic Road Race, the Brits told the whole world how the race would go and how Cav was invincible. They didn’t ride on the front until too late when nobody else cooperated, and Cav was left to contest a sprint for 26th place, which he lost to Greipel.

    • AMK3072

      I wonder if Tyler Farrar is a bit dirty at not getting selected. ;)

      • velocite

        He was a contender, wasn’t he?

  • Marcus

    It seems there is a direct link between cycling and getting asthma… hmmm

    • Adam Fuller

      One theory is the level of exertion is so high that it will bring on asthma. This doesn’t happen for non elite athletes.

      • sps12321

        or perhaps everyone has asthma (or benefit from asthma medications) the level of exertion at which it presents varies for everyone and elite athletes just get to higher level than most and so get to a point where benefit from the drugs (ie have asthma)

  • Dave

    I wonder if the UCI is asking the wrong question of WADA when it comes to banning Tramadol. Rather than trying to get it on the banned list for all sports, they may be better off getting it prohibited in cycling only. You can find the precedents for this sort of action on page 8 of the prohibited list…


    Adding cycling to the list of sports where alcohol is banned might not be a bad thing too.


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