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Julian Alaphilippe showed that he’s on track toward his early season goals while his teammate Iljo Keisse’s disrespectful act landed him in hot water with the San Juan police. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Alaphilippe wins in Argentina
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) went solo late in the second stage of the Vuelta a San Juan, attacking over the Alto Punta Nega dam with Nairo Quintana and Tiesj Benoot before dropping both to earn his first victory of the season.
Fernando Gaviria (UAE) now leads Alaphilippe on the overall by two seconds, thanks to time bonuses.
High temperatures set off the extreme weather protocol, and the stage was shortened from 160km to 134km. Hamish Schreurs (Israel Cycling Academy) was the last survivor of the early break, swept up just before the Alto Punta Negra dam.
The show of strength indicates that Alaphilippe is on target for his early season goals, which include Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo, and Tirreno-Adriatico. He won in Colombia in February last year, and this year took his first victory in Argentina even earlier.
The Frenchman played down a run at the overall in San Juan.
“I was motivated to finish it off,” he said. “When I attacked I never imagined I’d stay away to the line, but I did. I’m really happy to start my season with a win.”
Police complaint against Keisse
Julian Alaphilippe wasn’t the only Deceuninck rider making the news yesterday. A woman in San Juan has filed a police complain against Iljo Keisse following an incident at a cafe. Keisse is with his team in Argentina for the Vuelta a San Juan.
The complaint alleges that Keisse brushed his genitals against the woman, who was working as a waitress, while she was taking a group photo with the team. Speaking with local media, she explained that she had been serving the riders and speaking with them before taking the photo. Keisse put his hands behind his head and brushed his genitals against her as the photo was taken.
“I speak some English. They made an order. I did not know the Vuelta a San Juan was there and they explained what they were doing, that they were coming to compete. I asked for a photo and I felt they encouraged me. I thought it was an accident, but later I realised that it wasn’t an accident,” the woman told Telesoldiario.
“I am very angry. They disrespected me, I was working,” she said. “I asked for a photo and they disrespected me. I spoke with my lawyers to see what we can do.”
“They cannot come to another country and treat women as things, as something insignificant and worthless. This is Argentina and he cannot come to do what he wants. I hope that at least they sanction him or call his attention for doing what he did.”
According to Telesoldiario, Keisse will have to appear before the Third Court of Misdemeanors in San Juan.
Update: On Tuesday, Keisse addressed the complaint and apologized.
“I would like to apologise, especially to this lady,” he said. “I made a mistake, I realise that. This will not happen again.
“I want to apologise to everyone here, the Argentinian people, everyone who feels offended. The race organiser has been in difficulty because of this. And to my team. It was a really stupid thing to do. I wish I could turn back time, but I can’t.”
Tweet of the day
Jelle Wallays hospitalized with fractured jaw
Lotto Soudal’s Jelle Wallays crashed in the finale of the second stage of the Vuelta a San Juan and suffered facial trauma, losing one tooth and breaking a second. He also has a cut on his upper lip, a fracture to his upper jaw, and a concussion. He spent the night in a hospital in Argentina for observation, according to a team statement.
Compression clothing brand Skins files for bankruptcy
Skins, an Australian-born brand best known for its impact in the compression clothing market, has filed for bankruptcy in Switzerland. Founded in 1996, Skins were a strong advocate for compression clothing within many sports including cycling. producing full kits and even sponsoring the USA Cycling Team through the London Olympics.
The bankruptcy is the result of insurmountable debt following a buy-back from private equity shareholders. Read more at BRAIN.
North American wholesale bike sales down, but dollars up
The cycling industry is selling fewer bikes for more money.
The rise of ebikes in North America is contributing to an interesting trend in the cycling industry: In 2018, members of the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association sold 10% fewer bikes, from 2.3 million units in 2017 to 2.07 million in 2018, but sales increased by 4%, up $37.5 million. The average wholesale price of a bike rose 15%.
E-bike sales were up $54 million from the year prior, a 78 percent increase. Mountain bikes were down a bit, and there was a major shift toward 29-inch full suspension bikes. Road was up 8% in terms of units, but only because the category includes gravel bikes.
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Today’s feature image is from the Vuelta a San Juan. Image by Cor Vos.