Kwiatkowski crashes at Dauphine; Ewan linked to Lotto-Soudal: Daily News Digest

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Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today:

We’re approaching the part of the season where everything seems to have Tour de France implications. At the Dauphine, one of Chris Froome’s loyal lieutenants, Michal Kwiatkowski, crashed heavily and the rumor mill is hinting Caleb Ewan could be on the move. Plus, we delve into the possible new bikes we could see in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île at the start of the Tour de France.

Kwiatkowski crashes late as Ackermann takes Dauphine stage

Race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) fell heavily exiting a roundabout with less than two kilometers to go in the second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Tuesday. The Pole spent many minutes on the ground before getting up and riding slowly to the finish. Kwiatkowski was given the same time as the stage winner Pascal Ackermann, but did lose the yellow jersey due to the time bonus Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) gained for finishing third on the stage. He later posted on social media he lost a bit of a skin, but is otherwise OK.

A few undulations in the final 30 kilometres of the stage thinned out the peloton and made life difficult for the sprinters, but Ackermann proved to be the strongest out of the select group in Belleville en Beaujolais. He improved on his third-place finish on stage one. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) finished second and Impey rounded out the podium.

“Yesterday I made the mistake to start sprinting from the front, but I didn’t repeat the same mistake again today. Everything went perfect. It’s amazing that I won,” Ackermann said. “My race is finished now. I’ll work for the team in the remaining stages. Our leader for the overall is [last year’s best young rider] Emanuel Buchmann. We at Bora-Hansgrohe are always up for a good surprise.”

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Ewan to Lotto-Soudal?

Caleb Ewan could be leaving Mitchelton-Scott and heading to the Belgian Lotto-Soudal squad next year, according to Het Nieuwsblad. The Australian sprinter recently declined a contract extension and is looking at his options for the future.

Lotto-Soudal’s sprinting ace Andre Greipel is turns 36 during the Tour, and the wins have also come less frequently in recent years. The German was offered a one-year contract extension from the squad, but the offer went unsigned, as Greipel wants a two-year deal. Lotto-Soudal’s secondary sprinter Jens Dubusschere is also out of a contract at the end of the year.

Coming up

The Criterium du Dauphine continues on Wednesday with a 35-kilometer team time Pont-de-Vaux to Louhans-Châteaurenaud. The stage serves as an hors d’oeuvre to the Tour de France’s team time trial, which is the same length. Teams will be going all out to hone their technique and take final notes ahead of the Grande Boucle

Tech news

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Road bikes to expect in 2019: Speculation on the updated UCI approved list

The pre-Tour rumor mill is spinning full speed ahead with new tech ahead of the Tour de France and new frames seem to be on the horizon. David Rome dove deep into the UCI’s website to look at its updated list of approved frames and found a few interesting things.

Among the list was the Cannondale SystemSix. EF Education First-Drapac riders were seen riding an aero frame earlier this year and it looks like the SystemSix is making a comeback. Also, on the list was the Giant Propel in a rim-brake option, as well as a few others.

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Preview the 2018 UCI World Championship road course on Zwift

This year’s UCI world road championship in Innsbruck, Austria is looking to be particularly brutal, covering up to 258.5km and 4,670m of elevation on a sawtooth-like course profile that will provide little respite. The actual race isn’t until the end of September, but Zwift users will be treated to a sneak preview well beforehand.

Scheduled to be added sometime in August, the Zwift version will likely only focus on the 24km-long “Olympic lap.” The lap includes an 8km-long climb, which has an average gradient of 5.7%.

Haven’t tried Zwift yet? Here’s a primer to get you going.

Lyft getting into bikeshare mix

Rideshare giant Lyft is reportedly nearing a deal to buy bikeshare company Motivate for $250m USD, according to The Information. Motivate operates some of the biggest U.S. bike-share programs like CitiBike and Ford GoBike.

The deal would quickly insert Lyft toward the top of the fast-growing market. Its rideshare rival Uber bought its own bike-share company earlier this spring, as the two companies look to expand their portfolios and find new ways to transport customers.

Moving pictures

Sagan’s insane core workout

Think you have what it takes to be a three-time world champion? Peter Sagan posted a video of a recent gym session he did and some of the moves are mighty impressive.

River Crossing Kanza

Dirty Kanza is known for its 206-mile route of gravel, but a rainy spring meant the course’s creek crossing was a bit more complicated this year. Luckily, women’s winner Kaitie Keough navigated the choppy waters safely.

Should cyclists be forced to wear a bike helmet?

The Guardian dives deep into the controversy surrounding wearing a bike helmet and whether it should be illegal not to wear one. Its findings on the negative impact a law requiring people to wear a helmet when riding a bike are rather surprising.

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