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Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 16, 2017

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In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Hermans wins Tour of Oman, stage 2; Valderde wins Ruta Del Sol opener; Gaviria wins first stage of Volta ao Algarve; Riders’ association protests disc brake usage without further safety measures; After a shining Tour performance, Pantano nurturing a big long-term goal; 2017 Paris-Roubaix to feature more cobbles than in 2016; No Cauberg finish for Amstel Gold Race in 2017; 2017 Women’s Tour to finish in London; Inga Thompson returning to cycling to advocate for the women’s peloton; Shane Perkins to race with Russia in bid for Tokyo 2020; Successful surgery for Chris Butler; Abu Dhabi Tour announces provisional start list; ‘One More Brew’ Garburn Winter Cyclocross.

Hermans wins Tour of Oman, stage 2

by Mark Zalewski

Ben Hermans (BMC) won the first hilly stage of the Tour of Oman to take the overall lead, winning ahead of Rui Costa (UAE Abu Dhabi) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team).

“We did as the team asked us,” said Hermans. “We had a plan to attack with Greg Van Avermaet and he saw his moment when we tried to just ride at tempo in the middle of the climb. Then he countered Kudus but Kudus was really explosive and fast, so when I saw Greg came back I tried. It was still 300m to go but I knew I would only have one chance if I made it a very long sprint and not too explosive, and it worked out well.”

It took a while to happen but Mark Christian (Aqua Blue Sport) and Preben Van Hecke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) eventually broke away and established an advantage of more than seven minutes. AG2R-La Mondiale, UAE Abu Dhabi and Astana all put in efforts to bring the gap down, and the hilly parcours reduced the peloton to around 40 riders for the finale, with sprinters like race leader Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) dropped.

The break was caught over the top of the third climb. Daniel Eaton (UnitedHealthcare) attacked with Lasse-Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport). They built a lead of 30 seconds with 10km to go, but were brought back before the final climb. On the climb Van Avermaet attacked with 1.5km to go, and was passed by Merhawi Kudus (Dimension-Data). Van Avermaet attacked again launching Hermans to the line for the win.

“We are happy and the whole team worked well today,” said sports director Valerio Piva. “We have the jersey so we will defend it. The finish on Green Mountain is also a climb for Ben, but of course we have some of the best climbers in the world here. Stage three is also a good stage for Greg so we have options.”

Stage 1: Al Sawadi Beach > Naseem Park - Stage Result

Tuesday 14th February 2017

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KRISTOFF Alexander
Team Katusha - Alpecin
03:46:29
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SBARAGLI Kristian
Dimension Data
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COLBRELLI Sonny
Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
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Today’s feature image is from the opening stage of the Volta ao Algarve.

  • Fernando Gaviria is Colombian, not Italian. ????

    • Sean

      The main thing is, Bouhanni didn’t win.

  • Kieran Degan

    Russia have a pretty sweet Olympic program. Should get Perkins back to his winning ways.

    • I’ve reached out to Shane to get more details into this but he hasn’t responded. Judging by how this has gotten into mainstream media, he’s probably getting a lot of requests.

      Stay tuned…

      • Kieran Degan

        Look forward to hearing from him. I don’t blame him. He’s obliviously a competitor and if Australia won’t choose him, why not try somewhere else.

        • DaveRides

          Especially if you can find a country which has only one top sprinter thanks to the other one having had … issues.

        • Avuncular

          Maybe he’s oblivious to the issues plaguing his new country or it could be simply blue line fever.

    • jules

      all the best to him racing for our new close allies

  • velocite

    I quite fancy popping over to the UK in June to watch the racing in central London!

  • caliente

    Soooo much PSI in that garburn video.

    • Mark Zalewski

      Lots of ruts, rocks and such on which to puncture.

  • Bex

    Can’t say i see the appeal of taking a road/cross bike down a decent that’s designed for MTB. sure it’s fun to be able to ride some non purpose built trails when out exploring on the roadie/cross but to plan on it and make a video about it seems a bit silly to me. “makes better riders” is like saying taking a mountain bike along beach road makes stronger riders, maybe… more likely makes more frustrated and unhappy riders.

    • Simon E

      Why ride a sportive? Why make a video? Why do anything? I thought it looked fun, it prompted me to wonder about places I could go if I made the effort. I certainly didn’t feel the need to slag off his choice of bike, the route or the tyre pressures. He got out there and did it while the armchair experts are carping.

      • Bex

        overreaction much, all i said was why choose a route clearly doesn’t match what the bike is designed for. armchair experts must be like a red rag to a keyboard warrior.

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