Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 1, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel takes Dubai Tour opener; Route announcement: Mt. Baldy summit, Big Bear TT to be decisive stages for 2017 Amgen Tour of California; Route details announced for 2017 Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race; No longer backing Contador, Majka stepping up a level in Grand Tours; CyclingTips podcast, Episode 24: Genevieve Jeanson on making peace with a tainted past; Back from the brink: The merger that saved IsoWhey-SwissWellness and the year ahead; Froome ready for Jayco Herald Sun Tour; Twenty teams to race 22nd Tour de Langkawi; Ciolek and Gerdemann retire; Simon Cope vows to clear his name; British Parliamentary group to investigate legal bias against cyclists; Video: Heroics in Bieles; Video: Interview with Christine Majerus; Video: Equipment for cyclocross.

Kittel takes Dubai Tour opener

by Mark Zalewski

Marcel Kittel (Quick Step Floors) notched his first win of the season on the first stage of the Dubain Tour ahead of Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), who reportedly had a rear flat.

“I’m happy to have a winning start, just like last year,” said Kittel. “It was difficult to time it right because there are a lot of strong sprinters here and you need to find the right moment. We were always in a good position, not really in the front, but we chose the right distance to go for it. After we passed the last roundabout, we tried to find each other and we went full gas to the finish line. It worked really well. The first race of the year is always insecure, because you can never know how things will work. All the guys were there today and did a great job, so this is also a victory of them.”

Like his teammate Tom Boonen did last week in Argentina, Kittel won on a disc brake-equipped bicycle. “A lot of riders came to me today and asked me about that, they were curious about the disc brakes and how it feels to ride with it. I think I made the right choice and I’m happy to have it this season.”

The debut of the Aqua Blue Sport team resulted in a rider in the main break of the day with Daniel Pearson joined by Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF), Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing), Tom Stewart (One Pro Cycling) and Matteo Bono (UAE-Abu Dhabi). But the pancake flat course had sprint stage written all over it and the sprinter’s teams caught them at 10km to go.

VeloNews reports that Cavendish had a rear puncture with 4km remaining, and still managed an impressive third place despite having no pressure in his tire. Groenewegen’s second place gives him the best young rider jersey.

Stage 1: Dubai > Dubai - Stage Result

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Quick-Step Floors
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Team LottoNL-Jumbo
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Dimension Data

Today’s feature image shows the start of the elite men’s race at the 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Luxembourg.