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Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 11, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Theuns wins stage four of the BinckBank Tour; Teuns wins stage one of the Arctic Race of Norway; Bouhanni wins stage 2 of the Tour de l’Ain; Valente wins first stage of Inaugural Colorado Classic; Bound for Vuelta and bowled over by support, Hansen thanks fans; Formolo joins Bora-hansgrohe, team extends contracts of Bennett, Selig and others; Boswell becomes first American to sign for Katusha; Gila stage winner Narvaez joins QuickStep Floors, Serry extends; Greipel frustrated by lack of recent success: ‘I cannot even sprint’; Bay Crits cancelled for 2018; Video: Alberto Contador – The Legend; Video: Meet Rosella Bonfanti, UCI Commissaire – Women’s Cycling; Video: Cyclist gets physical with bike thief

Theuns wins stage four of the BinckBank Tour

by Shane Stokes

Belgian rider Edward Theuns benefited from the impressive work done by Trek-Segafredo teammate Jasper Stuyven on stage four of the BinckBank Tour, with the latter hauling back a big attack by Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) and enabling his compatriot to win.

Theuns beat Marko Kump (UAE-Team Emirates), Tim Merlier (Vérandas Willems–Crelan), Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and the rest of the main bunch. Lampaert’s powerful attack with just over four kilometres remaining had earned him a promising advantage heading under the kite and made it possible he would overcome his 12 second deficit to overnight leader Stefan Küng (BMC Racing Team).

Instead, thanks to Stuyven’s effort, Theuns took the stage and Küng held on to the jersey. The latter is four seconds clear of Maciej Bodnar (Bora-hansgrohe) and five ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Sagan.

“It’s a big relief, I am really happy,” said a delighted Theuns. “I had a real rough time since I crashed in the Tour last year and I worked really hard to come back. After the spring Classics, I again had surgery to take out the pins in my back, and since that surgery, I feel that I am getting stronger every week. I had a great training camp at altitude during the Tour, and now it pays off.”

The 160.7 kilometre stage to and from Lanaken was marked by an attack by André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), who is frustrated by a lack of success in recent bunch sprints. He combined Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) and Pim Ligthart (Roompot) but, despite their efforts, were caught with 24 kilometres remaining. Eleven kilometres later Alex Dowsett (Movistar) and Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) pushed ahead, but these were caught with just over four kilometres left.

Stage 4: Lanaken > Lanaken - Stage Result

Thursday 10th August 2017

1. be
THEUNS Edward
Trek - Segafredo
03:24:23
2. si
KUMP Marko
UAE Team Emirates
-
3. be
MERLIER Tim
Vérandas Willems-Crelan
-

Today’s feature image is by the Grubers on Passo Spluga, Switzerland.

  • Tim Ashton

    Classic UCI. Bouhanni appears to do a similar action to what sagan did in your (stick elbow out when coming in to contact, othet guy crashes heavily). No relegation or penalty. We all know what happened to sagan.

    The inconsistency in the application of rules is very frustrating

    • winkybiker

      I’m always disappointed when boo-hahnnee wins.

      • Bouhanni’s antics clearly inspired the guy that had his bike stolen so it’s not all that bad.

    • Sean

      Sagan’s elbow clearly didn’t touch Cav. He rode into Sagan’s hip and ended up in the barriers and on the road.

      • Tim Ashton

        I know, I’ve seen the videos and feel like sagan was very harshly judged.

        My problem here is the inconsistency from UCI judges. Sagan ejected from TDF, bouhanni keeps his win with no punishment. For what looks like quite a similar indiscretion.

        • Sean

          Yep disgusting isn’t it.

  • marcus_moore

    Should today be renamed T(h)eunsday??

    • Kurty Adams

      underrated joke

  • Nitro

    Passo Spluga photo – stunning.

    I can well imagine that in a photo taken from the bottom of the mountain, the sun would be obscured by the grins on the faces of the riders on their way down…

    • DaveRides

      Or the grimaces of terror when they realise they are on carbon clinchers with rim brakes.

  • Stompin

    I feel for André Greipel. The mind wants to, but the body won’t follow :(

  • DaveRides

    On the bike thief video:

    High contact, intentional and repeated contact. Will be hoping his team goes deep in the finals this year to have a chance of lining up for round one next year.

    • Hear hear. Pinned the arms in the tackle. Good for the coach, bad for the tribunal.

    • Nitro

      I was more thinking “That video’s clearly not from the US, because if you tried that stunt there one of them would end up shot”

      • Bryan Duggan

        it’s Dublin, Ireland. The video went viral here in the past couple of days. The guy worked in the bike shop there and left his bike while he was locking up. There’s a general consensus here that he was far too lenient on the scumbag bike thief. His face should have been planted firmly into the newly resurfaced Clontarf road.

    • Kurty Adams

      i feel like this is some kind of regionally specific in-joke

      • Steel

        Aussie Rules joke. Tackling is a very controversial topic in sport that is bordering on religious obsession here in Melbourne.

        • Kurty Adams

          Thanks Steel. I wish there was a way you could have picked up on my sarcasm. I do know first hand how hard it is for people on the wrong side of the Ron Barassi line

  • Damien Cook

    Very sad about the BayCrits being cancelled in ’18. The final day at Willy is a ripper. My wife and me have made a great day of it for ages. Spose we will just go down , have lunch and look back at the city!

    • DaveRides

      The whole racing calendar has been gradually slipping forward a day each year (two days in a leap year) due to the year being 52 weeks and one (two) days rather than a full number of weeks. The TDU is the fixture that dictates the rest of the Australian fixtures, it used to include Australia Day and finish on the next Sunday (i.e. last week of school holidays) so there was plenty of space for crits and nationals first, but now it’s a full week ahead. Good for school teachers (like the bloke I ride the Bupa Challenge with) but not for crit fans in Victoria.

      It needs to be be corrected every few years by pushing it back a whole week, which is happening in 2018 with the second half of the season (Tour de France onwards, to avoid it starting in June and clashing with the World Cup) and should happen with the first half in 2019.

  • Larry @CycleItalia

    Bike thieves should be beaten to a bloody pulp! Same for those who buy stolen bicycles.

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