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Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 18, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Wiles takes Stage 5 victory in Thüringen from all-American breakaway; Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford lashes out at Cyclingnews journalist; LeMond: Forget loyalty, Landa should go for Tour de France title; Quintana: ‘It’s not easy to go through such pain’; British Cycling faces crisis if reforms aren’t voted through; Simon Spilak renews contract with Katusha-Alpecin through 2019; Video: Onboard footage of bringing Michael Matthews to Tour de France sprint; Video: Bauke Mollema’s son reacts to TV images of father’s Tour de France stage win.

Wiles takes Stage 5 victory in Thüringen from all-American breakaway

by Jeanine Laudy

The victory in the fifth stage of the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour went to Tayler Wiles (UnitedHealthcare), after she found herself in a three-rider break of Americans, including teammate Ruth Winder and Stage 4 winner Lauren Stephens (Team Tibco-SVB).

Wiles was able to grab the win after a crash took out her two breakaway companions at 25 metres to go. The pouring rain had made for slippery conditions and both Winder and Stephens crashed in the final corner. Wiles, who had been distanced slightly, was able to avoid the crash and ride to the stage win, the third by a North American in this year’s Thüringen race.

The peloton had been closing in on the trio and couldn’t avoid a crash either. GC number two Ellen van Dijk (Dutch National Team) stayed upright and crossed the line in second place, ahead of Leah Thomas (U.S. National Team).

Stage 5 was a rainy, yet active affair, with endless attacks, mostly from UnitedHealthcare and the several national teams participating in the race. Mavi Garcia (Bizkaia-Durango), Thomas, and Stephens were the first to gain an advantage of over 40 seconds.

Winder and then Wiles escaped the peloton to bridge across to the three leaders in the last 30 kilometres of the stage. Thomas punctured out of the lead group, Garcia wasn’t able to follow the pace of the UHC riders, and so the final breakaway was formed. GC leader Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM) was caught up the by the crash, but should retain the yellow leader’s jersey going into the final stage on Tuesday.

Stage 5: Greiz > Greiz - Stage Result

Monday 17th July 2017

1. us
WILES Tayler
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team
2. nl
3. us
United States
4. pl
5. de
6. de
Canyon SRAM Racing
7. pl
SKALNIAK Agnieszka
8. nl
Parkhotel Valkenburg - Destil Cycling Team
9. pl
BUJAK Eugenia
BTC City Ljubljana
10. ca
Bepink Cogeas

Today’s feature image shows the roads of Stage 15 of the 2017 Tour de France, in the region that Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) calls home. Photo: Gruber Images.

  • sps12321

    Cycling is a strange sport. It’s a team sport but the honours are individual. LeMond saying Landa should go for it and forget the designated team leader I feel is strange. My view of it is different: you win as a team so its not about the individual who wins the tour its about the team. The GC leader is more like the guy who scores the winning goal. Sure he crosses the line with the best overall time but thats just because of who got him there: the riders pacing him back, the riders sent into the break or controlling the pace, the riders who give up their wheel or bike… (even the ITT is a team even in a tour: the riders whose teams allowed them to rest in the days leading up to the ITT can give their best shot)
    It’s either an individual sport then Landa should go for it or it’s a team sport and then Landa and Froome should work together to make sure one of them is in yellow in Paris. I am in favour of the second one otherwise its a free for all and why bother having teams. In that case Froome doesn’t win Yellow (or whoever) Team Sky win Yellow (or whatever team).

    • Bärlach

      Sure but in the end people talk about the individual rider who won the TdF, not the team. And this rider gets the best sponsorships and all teams want him in their roster. And his name gets written in gold letters in the book of cycling. Pretty much no one remembers the names of the domestiques. As simple as that.

      • Nelson

        Completely agree.

      • sps12321

        I agree. Guess it just would be nice to see everyone who helps so much get recognition as they do in other team sports.

      • spicelab

        “Pretty much no one remembers the names of the domestiques” Well, except for tragics like us ;)

    • jules

      it’s a sport for the fans ultimately, and the win is given to individual riders too. I hope Landa goes for it. what would have happened had Lemond stayed in the service of Hinault? we’d likely have missed one of the greatest rivalries and riders achieving Tour wins in the history of the sport. history is made by upsetting the apple cart, not following team orders to the letter.

      it’s up to Landa. he needs to be willing to risk it all and disobey team orders. if not, then that’s part of the challenge. good legs aren’t enough.

      • Captaindan22

        Landa is paid a heap of money to be there for Froome and do as he is told. If he goes “rogue” there is nothing to stop Sky from withdrawing him from the race as Rabobank did to Michael Rasmussen when he was in the lead. If Landa wants to go for individual glory (and nothing indicates he does except media beat up) then go to a team for less money and be the undisputed leader. He made the choice and has to live with it and, in my opinion, is doing just that.

        • jules

          yes, he will probably take the money and be loyal. but Sky won’t withdraw him. they withdrew the Chicken due to doping suspicions. if Sky tried to hobble Landa, it would be counter-productive for them. they are a sponsor looking for good publicity, stopping their riders from winning would be a PR disaster.

          your take on organisational loyalty is one perspective. but in my view, a bit simplistic. organisations are really just people and people will sometimes shaft you. you have to make a decision on how much loyalty you give to an organisation. that’s up to Landa, I wouldn’t try and judge that on his behalf. including if he went for it.

          • Captaindan22

            Yes, agree on the PR disaster it would be for Sky to withdraw Landa and obviously the circumstances were different but I was merely suggesting the option is there. If you burn an organisation down just because you are leaving, you gain a reputation and the pro cycling world is pretty small. That may not worry some teams though. Should Froome have “gone for it” the year Wiggins won? Would he be enjoying the position he holds in Sky now? I would say his loyalty has been rewarded. Is Landa’s father still on the scene? He was making noises when Landa wasn’t getting the respect he thought he deserved at Astana. Maybe he is in his ear again?

            • jules

              When you think about it, winning the Tour isn’t really ‘burning’ your organisation though, is it?

              • Captaindan22

                As long as he wins and they don’t both lose you’re right!

                • jules

                  I demand excitement :)

        • Neuron1

          What I find particularly funny is that when Landa rode for Astana and was stronger than Aru, the number of folks saying he should go rogue was enormous. Now that he rides for Sky it’s all about Queen and country, you are paid to ride as a domestique so suck it up and do it. I would love nothing more than to see Landa take off as a “decoy” and just keep going. The look on Froome’s face would be priceless. Landa could take an unassailable lead going into the TT. Then Sky could take first and second, just not the way it was planned. The podium photos would be a sight.

      • Larry @CycleItalia

        I agree but Landa’s not LeMond, Hinault or even Froome. He’s had his chance at team leadership and shown all the qualities of a gregario lusso. Cycling history is full of names of guys like this – the ones everyone said could be leaders and winners if they were only given a chance. Most of them fail the test. Exceptions are guys like LeMond, Roche, Bettini and even Froome when you think back to him being held back in favor of Wiggo. Unless Froome blows up, Landa’s best hope is a podium place and I doubt he’ll ever stand on the top step no matter what team he’s on. What SKY hopes for is a scrap over 2nd and 3rd to take the pressure off Froome until the final chrono stage. I hope Aru, Uran, Bardet, etc. don’t fall for this trick and instead race-to-WIN.

        • jules

          you may be right about Landa, but as a fan I hope he doesn’t die wondering. I’d like to see him go for it. he looks like he has a chance here.

          • Larry @CycleItalia

            Landa seems like a nice guy, but I think he’s like so many others who lack that (for lack of a better phrase) “killer-instinct” and leadership quality that the big champions have. Even as much as I dislike Froome and SKY, I think Froome has demonstrated those qualities time and time again while guys like Landa, Porte, TvG, etc. simply haven’t.

            • jules

              I dislike pigeon-holing people though. You can learn to be more ruthless. You have to push yourself, maybe. If he accepts that he lacks a killer instinct, then it’s true. It’s not fate though.

    • DaveRides

      There’s a term for this – cycling is what’s known as an ‘independent team sport’ (i.e. part individual sport, part team sport) as opposed to an ‘interdependent team sport’ (i.e. full team sport).

      I don’t think it’s out of balance at the moment, the top domestiques get a higher relative share of the coverage than any NBA player who plays in the same team as LeBron James.

    • velocite

      Agreed. LeMond was a great rider, has good insights and is a refreshingly open personality, but maybe he still burns about his betrayal by Hinault. Over its history the tour has tried various participation structures, including individual, co-operation not allowed, national teams and the now familiar trade teams. The trade team structure is problematic as a basis for the sport because a powerful team can be wiped out by boadroom decision, but it’s what we’ve got, and riders from top to bottom depend on employment contracts with teams. LeMond is being subversive, inciting Landa to betray his contract. It’s possible that this could work for Landa, but I doubt it. At age 27 he might be better advised to take the Porte route – be a faithful domestique with Sky and then move to Movistar or somewhere to lead. Risky advice by LeMond – Landa could go rogue and fail in the Alps, bad career move.

    • zosim

      Lemond’s opinion is coloured by his own experiences with Hinault. The thing is, cycling is a team sport and sadly, if Landa betrays Team Sky’s orders now, he’ll be considered damaged goods by a lot of team managers. Landa is a great rider but Team Sky have him as one of the last 3 men, he uses their firepower to get up there so it may not be the same with a weaker team. Other than his third place at the Giro a few years back, he’s done very little in grand tours. Sometimes in life, we don’t do the best thing for us NOW, we do it to put us in a better place later and Landa needs to keep an eye on the long game.

      • jules

        It’s sport, it’s supposed to be competitive. If he wins the Tour, he’ll hardly be considered ‘damaged goods’. Lemond admits he should have usurped Hinault in ’85 and may have won that Tour. you don’t get many opportunities to win Le Tour. I hope Landa takes satisfaction from helping Froome win, he can tell his grandkids about how he might have been strong enough to win if he wasn’t such a good sport.

        • zosim

          It’s a team sport though and there’s no guarantee he would win the tour, just a likelihood that he’d shaft his team mate. The gamble is whether he takes BOTH of them out of yellow.

          • jules

            We’re not talking nuclear armageddon here. It’s sport. I want to see competition. Yes he’ll make enemies at Sky, but I’m not staying up at night to watch people on the telly be friends to each other.

            • zosim

              I think you’re missing the point, nobody is telling him to be friends with anyone. We’re discussing what might be happening, unless you think Landa is taking his career advice from Cycling Tips :)

              • jules

                the point is mine to make, and yours. my point is simply that I think he should go for it and I’d like to see that :)

  • Michele

    Sir Dave’s metamorphosis into Bruyneel is now complete.

    • I’ll tell Shane, Matt and Dave to stay far away!

      • Michele

        Could make for an (even more) interesting Vlog episode.

        Love to see Dave go one-on-one with Sir Dave!

        • Shoddy Dave and Sir Dave would get on like a house on fire, but I’m pretty sure Shane would add some gasoline to that flame.

    • jules

      Dave B is just a garden variety narcissistic/psychopathic manager. they get to the top by being manipulative and cunning. and when they are there, they can’t handle people like the press who don’t play their game and who they can’t control. so they try anyway, with what little they’ve got – i.e. excluding them from interviews. it’s kind of amusing to watch.

      I don’t think it means he’s doping his riders though, necessarily.

      • Michele

        100% correct.

        It did get me thinking though…

        SKY have been so reticent in having proper sit-down Froome-is-in-yellow pressers on both rest days. They have tried hard in controlling the narrative.

        And I can understand why. Imagine getting Froome and DB together; some journos would be licking their lips.

        Froome doesn’t need to deal with it – he’s got more important things to concern himself with. DB can also do without the distraction.

        Harking back to the gold ‘old days, circa Postal, Discovery, Astana era, it’s remarkable to reflect on how LA thrived on these Pressers. He knew what was coming. He just saw it as part of the game.

        I do wonder that if JB had more say in the team, if he’d do a Sir Dave, and try and control the narrative more. Well, more than just being selective on which journos could ask questions.

        I wonder if Johan wanted to play the game, or if he had no say in it, and had to go along with Lance.

        • jules

          I think it’s clear Lance was the boss there. he was the talent. it’s a bit different at Sky, who aren’t beholden to Dr Ferrari’s Frankenstein. Froome has competition.

          also Lance could control those pressers because the press were all feeding off him like lambs. they won’t make that mistake again – no media wants to be seen as riders’ or teams’ lap dog. Brailsford is on a losing strategy there.

          • Michele


            I had the fortune of working for a media outlet for a few TDUs, including the LA ones.

            His pre-race pressers were very interesting. There were a couple of journos there really seeking answers to his at-the-time “transparent blood passport initiative”, as well as the persistent doping rumours etc.

            Then there were those local/mainstream outlets who only wanted to know if LA had touched a koala yet.

            LA worked well with his team’s communications manager, Philippe Maertens; they would try to only take the warm and fuzzy questions. Of course, the occasional hard question got through: LA would then give a short, curt reply. But if asked about the wines of SA, and what he thought of them. he’d spend 3-5 minutes answering that question ????

  • Cruz er

    Thanks Neal Rogers for reporting the Brailsford panty-bunching hissy fit. Did someone rip open a jiffy bag and dispense a bottle teet for Brailsford to suck on afterward?

  • Luke Bartlett

    Footage of Sprint victory for Michael Matthews is his third place behind the Kittel/EBH photo finish.

    • MattHurst

      Yep, can’t wait to see the other

  • Wily_Quixote

    What a shame if Froome gets second and Landa gets nothing.

    Seems like a wasted opportunity. if it’s all about the team then landa should get a fair run unless the tactics dictate only supporting one rider. That should be the strongest rider, not the highest paid rider.

  • sket

    After 500 comments on the CN story I’m wondering how CT might poke the bear?

  • Cliff Nichols

    I actually like Froome, he may look like a ‘frog on a skateboard’ but the guy is properly wholehearted, carries himself with class and also has real steel. That said, I’m surprised no one has mentioned when he attacked HIS team lead at Sky in the TdF in 2012 and the sh!tstorm that unleashed. My point isn’t about what’s right or wrong, merely what is consistent (and therefore non hypocritical) behaviour by Sky (managements, team and riders). In that scenario, Froome was told to wind his neck in for that race…but also that his time would come to lead…and lead soon. Landa is 28, right? 3 or 4 years Froome’s junior…..

  • David

    Dave B finally shows his true colors, the facade cracked. One can only believe that CN will start digging with gusto now. However, I prefer the balanced outlook of Cycling Tips – inrng too – and only occasionally peruse other cycling websites.

    • Unfortunately no matter how much digging CN does, it’s unlikely they’ll ever find anything. Cycling media outlets rarely get the scoop on big stories. Anything big usually is taken to mainstream outlets first by whistleblowers or leaks. Not only that, the fact that cycling media is funded by the industry often makes it impossible to report on things that don’t tow the line. Sad indeed.

  • Andy B

    Lemond obviously hasn’t seen Landa Time Trial

  • Bryan Duggan

    Team Sky, an utterly classless outfit from top to bottom. The brits really know how to pick who do give their knighthoods to, don’t they!

  • Mike Brewer

    Wow! Chapeau on the inclusion of negative articles about Brailsford, Team Sky and their Tour leadership, and British Cycling in the same Digest………. I don’t at all agree with Brailsford’s seemingly aggressive approach but I do empathise with his frustrations towards tabloid innuendo and bottom-feeder journalism. It must be incredibly difficult to attract sponsorship to a sport where success breeds only suspicion and negativity.


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