Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 2, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel doubles up at Dubai Tour; Danny van Poppel claims prologue victory at the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour; BMC wins Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana TTT; Démare wins Etoile de Bessèges opener; Vos, van der Poel follow-up Worlds disappointments with wins; Contract secured: Nathan Earle in career-best form and ready to get back on the winners’ list; 30 feet above a very different finish line: Masters racer recounts life-saving recovery after harrowing crash on bridge; Renowned cycling photographer Graham Watson retires; Advocacy group calls 10 day sentence for drunk driver who killed cyclist ‘unacceptable’; Colorado legislature considering adopting ‘Idaho Stop’ law; Video: Highlights from the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Races; Backstage Pass: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

Kittel doubles up at Dubai Tour

by CyclingTips

Marcel Kittel took his second victory in as many days at the Dubai Tour, winning the sprint finish ahead of Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) for the second time. Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Selle Italia) came in third. Unlike the first stage, the finish was more chaotic with everyone having to start their sprint early.

“Today was a difficult one,” said Kittel. “The final was different and tricky, and as a result there wasn’t an opportunity to stretch out the peloton, but adapting to different race situations shows the strength of the team. The guys did once again an incredible job, Fabio brought me to the front when it mattered, Matteo kept the speed high, and I jumped from wheel to wheel and managed to take the victory.”

“I think it was possible for me to win today, but I launched my sprint a bit too early,” said Groenewegen. “I sprinted on the right side and I saw the Quick Step train going on my left. Had I accelerated 50 metres later, I could have won.”

Kittel extends his overall lead on Groenewegen to eight seconds, which could be enough to secure the overall with a completely flat parcours. Groenewegen retains his best young rider lead with another second place.

“To have seven stage victories here is nice,” said Kittel. “As I said at the beginning of the week, Dubai has always been good to me. The race is not over, and our goal is to keep on working and take it day by day as good as possible. We’ll see how things pan out.”

Stage 2: Dubai > Ras al Khaimah - Stage Result

Wednesday 1st February 2017

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Quick-Step Floors
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Team LottoNL-Jumbo
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Wilier Triestina

Today’s feature image comes from the UCI Cyclocross World Championship in Bieles.