In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bennett wins photo finish at Paris-Bourges; Tiernan-Locke says British team ‘freely offered’ Tramadol around at 2012 world championships; Amy Pieters moves to Boels-Dolmans to bolster classics squad in 2017; Travis Tygart calls on IOC to establish independent anti-doping system; Cavendish battling illness leading up to World Championships; Brändle out of World Championships with illness; Van der Sande, Vanendert, Armée and Marczynski re-sign with Lotto-Soudal; Spratt, Elvin continue with ORICA-AIS; Baugnies and McNally extend with Wanty-Groupe Gobert; Israeli Cycling Academy signs American Williams; New ‘sustainable’ pro team in the works for 2018; Giacoppo wins back-to-back at Tour of Tasmania; Swiss Team Roth to fold as pro team; Teaser Women’s Team Time Trial World Championship; TTT training camp with Canyon SRAM.
Your Friday Daily News Digest
The wind wreaked havoc on the peloton at Paris-Bourges, but it all came down to a sprint with Irishman Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon18) taking the win narrowly ahead of Alexander Porsev (Katusha) and Rudy Barbier (Roubaix Lille Métropole).
— Manu Lorenzo (@ManuLorenzo_) October 6, 2016
“A week ago I thought my season was over because of illness, and now I am on my way back after winning a race. That’s great for the morale. I still don’t have high expectations for Qatar but will see how Paris-Tours goes. Maybe the 250 kilometres there will give me a boost in form.”
The main break of the day consisted of five riders. Cofidis was intent on making the race a field sprint for Nacer Bouhanni, and combined with the wind, it was an impossible feat for the break to hold.
The final two of the break, Quentin Jauregui (AG2R) and Elie Gesbert (Fortunéo-Vital Concept), were caught at 16 kilometres to go.
“Two corners before the finish I was at the wheel of Bouhanni,” said Bennett. “Coquard was also there and tried to push him a little, both had to break then and I came around them outside. On the home straight a waited really long before I push hard. In the end I just got Prosev be a few millimetres. I did not expect that at all today, therefore it is even more satisfying now.”
— ProCyclingStats.com (@ProCyclingStats) October 6, 2016
Roubaix Lille Métropole
Today’s feature image is from the Tour de l’EuromÈtropole, showing fans already starting their appreciation of Tom Boonen ahead of his planned retirement after Paris-Roubaix.