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In today’s Daily News Digest we wrap-up the opening stage of the Criterium Dauphine and the list of GC contenders at the Tour de France grows. Also, check out the new Stan’s NoTubes wheels, and an epic day of gravel racing at the Dirty Kanza.
Daryl Impey wins reduced-bunch sprint in France
Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) won the opening stage of the Criterium du Dauphine into Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert over Julian Alaphllippe (Quick-Step Floors) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) on Tuesday.
“I wasn’t feeling good all day,” Impey said. “I was kind of struggling all day. When you’re not feeling good, you can’t afford to do any mistake, so I was just hiding all day. In the end I managed to get a good wheel with the first real big effort I gave. That’s what helped me.”
Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) still leads the general classification, but only by a slim margin with Impey only two seconds back. The South African moved up 12 spots in the overall by virtue of the time bonus he gained by winning the stage.
Dumoulin to ride Tour de France
The report states the team will announce Dumoulin’s participation later this week with the Dutchman taking a short vacation after finishing the Hammer Series Limburg on Sunday. This means Dumoulin most likely won’t race the Tour de Suisse with the national championships his final race before the Tour.
Dumoulin last rode the Giro and the Tour in the same season in 2016. He won one stage at the Giro and two stages at the Tour. He abandoned both races, the latter due to an injured wrist.
Special painted frames and custom kit: How brands gamble on their riders’ success
From yellow bikes for the maillot jaune to polka-dot frames for the King of the Mountains, teams don’t hesitate to go all out in providing their riders with special edition equipment when they take a leader’s jersey. Chris Froome (Sky) had a special pink Pinarello for the final day of the Giro d’Italia and that got us excited for what we’ll see at the Grande Boucle.
But how does the special equipment show up so quickly?
Last fall, we took a deep dive into how teams and brands gamble on the success of their riders and on most occasions have the equipment ready to go well in advance.
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Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic: The race to the final corner, under lights
Racing under the lights on a scorcher of a Friday evening in the Midtown district of Oklahoma City, Tina Pic (Colavita-Bialetti), and Miguel Bryon and John Murphy (Holowesko-Citadel) demonstrated just how the finish line of a criterium race sometimes occurs well before the final white line.
Also adding to the excitement of these crit races is the nighttime atmosphere. The pro women had the advantage of starting their race with the full light of day. By the last lap, the sun had set, leaving the riders to finish with the twinkle of the lighting structures placed along the race corners just for them. A few of the straightaways on the course were covered in blackness as the men’s race began.
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The Criterium du Dauphine continues on Tuesday with a 180.5-kilometer rolling day from Montbrison to Belleville. There are five categorised climbs on the route, but the last climb crests with nearly 30 kilometers still to go.
New Grail CB7 and Grail Mk3 road/gravel/CX wheelsets from Stan’s NoTubes
Stan’s NoTubes announced the latest members of the Grail family of ultralight 700c wheels for today’s more progressive drop-bar riding styles. Both feature disc-only designs with shallow rim depths, tubeless compatibility, and wider tire beds meant for use with 25-40mm-wide tires.
The Grail CB7 features 21.6mm-wide, 300g carbon fiber rims that are designed to flex more under impact for a smoother ride, plus a special shape meant to prevent pinch flats. For riders that want more durability, the 440g Grail Mk3 rims are made of 6069 aluminum for increased dent resistance and lateral stiffness, but still sport a generous 20.3mm-wide internal width.
The Grail CB7 Pro wheelset (1,277g; US$1,635) is built with NoTubes’ Neo Ultimate Speedsync hubs, Sapim Laser butted stainless steel spokes, and Sapim Secure Lock alloy nipples. The Grail CB7 Team version (1,360g; US$1,399) is built with the same spokes and nipples, but different hubs.
The Grail MK3 (1,675g; US$699) will be offered in a single wheelset with Neo Durasync hubs, Sapim Laser spokes, and Sapim Secure Lock alloy nipples.
Grail CB7 and Mk3 rims will be offered as well, for US$600 and US$105, respectively.
More information can be found at notubes.com.
Garmin Edge 130 review: The spiritual successor to the Edge 500
James Huang took Garmin’s new Edge 130 for a test spin and found a cycling computer that packs a hefty amount useful features, but does without the laundry list of more advanced ones that many riders don’t ever use.
The Edge 130 is far from the fanciest or most expensive model in Garmin’s deep catalog of GPS cycling computers. Huang argue’s that it’s not only the most important Edge Garmin that has released in recent years, but quite possibly also the best one overall for most riders.
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Photo Gallery: 2018 Dirty Kanza
The two hundred and six mile-long Dirty Kanza gravel race is long enough to bonk hard, hallucinate, think that the trees around you are people, recover, feel amazing, and finish in the top 10.
The 2018 edition was won by the 200-mile specialist and former pro roadie Ted King and American cyclocross star Katie Keough.
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