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Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

October 4, 2016


In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Degenkolb wins Sparkassen Münsterland Giro; Nordhaug, Brammeier and Irvine amongst first signings for new Aqua Blue Sport Pro Continental team; Van der Poel returns to racing with win over Van Aert; Naesen critical of officials’ decision over Eurométropole Tour finish; Prudhomme: ‘Cycling no longer the black sheep’; Sagan and Movistar finish atop WorldTour; Spain names Worlds team roster; Costa on Worlds non-selection; Arnold Schwarzenegger in trouble for cycling in German train station; Cyclist survives 35-foot tumble into ravine; UCI Road World Championships teaser; OBE Backstage Pass goes to Asia.

Degenkolb wins Sparkassen Münsterland Giro

by CyclingTips

Giant-Alpecin’s John Degenkolb won the Sparkassen Münsterland Giro in a sprint ahead of Roy Jans (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Pascal Ackermann (Rad-Net Rose).

“There was perfect team spirit today and I am delighted with the victory,” said Degenkolb. “It is really great to win in my home country. The team worked very hard throughout the whole race and gave me a great lead-out.

“We reacted well on the late attacks in the finale. For the sprint I had the right position and could come through at the right moment, so that was fantastic.”

“We are very happy with this win at Münsterland Giro, which is an important race for us in Germany. To win here is a great achievement for all our efforts after a challenging season,” said sport director Arthur van Dongen.

“The whole team did a great job and the lead-out went perfectly today. The plan was to have as many guys as possible with John at the end. On the local laps, it was quite tricky with the rain and cobbles. The guys supported John very well and he was able to capitalise on this.”

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Today’s feature image shows Nikki Harris Brammeier  (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) taking a wet line during the women’s race of the Superprestige Gieten.

  • jules

    I dunno about DQing Groenewegen there. he definitely drifts a bit but Naesen’s attempt to come up the inside was ambitious. it seems almost par for the course to squeeze riders against the barriers in that circumstance. he didn’t have to move a lot. on the other hand, the video of Bouhanni (I think) – he veers across his competitor’s line – it’s the veering that forces his competitor to take his foot off the gas.

    arguably you could DQ them all for not sprinting straight, but the race jury seems to allow a degree of argy bargy and it’s that tolerance that seems to create the confusion and controversy. which is possibly what they want

    • Mark Zalewski

      Sprinters gonna sprint.

    • I’m surprised more hasn’t been made of that block that was on the road, that Naesen had to bunny-hop. Sure, it was right up against the barrier, but having any sort of obstacle on the road doesn’t seem great.

      • jules

        it’s just crazy isn’t it?

    • Laurens

      Yeah, I looked at it and it didn’t look that bad to me. If Naesen would have been faster he could have come through the gap that was still there. So not DQing Groenewegen seems the right decision.

    • Naesen f••••d up his chances when he and two riders started trackstanding 500m before the finish. Personally, I think he’s just pissed that they got caught. Chapeau on still sprinting to second, but WTF https://youtu.be/kc9sHmLLjh0?t=18m8s

      • jules

        wow.. he should be DQd for such poor tactics!

  • Robert Merkel

    In other news, Matt Keenan reports that Cameron Meyer plans a return to the track:



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