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Pedestrian brings down Bora-Hansgrohe riders at Tirreno-Adriatico, Cort wins in Paris-Nice, 19-year-old dies in car collision during Redlands TT recon. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Bora-Hansgrohe collides with pedestrian, Mitchelton avoids one to win Tirreno TTT
Tirreno-Adriatico got underway today with a team time trial, but the racing action – with Mitchelton-Scott taking the win – was marred by an unfortunate incident. Two riders from Bora-Hansgrohe’s TTT squad collided with a pedestrian who had started to cross the road just in front of them.
Three kilometers into the team’s ride, the German squad was approaching a crosswalk when a man walked into the street only a few meters ahead. The lead rider managed to avoid hitting the pedestrian, but Rafal Majka and Oscar Gatto did not, hitting the deck hard and bringing the pedestrian down with them.
Majka and Gatto both remounted and ultimately finished the TTT. The condition of the pedestrian remains unknown.
“I saw [the pedestrian] on the other side, he was walking and I was trying to anticipate what might happen,” Daniel Oss told Cyclingnews. “I avoided him. I was in front and I was just looking forward, because with the bike and the rain. I don’t really understand. I’m really sorry for my teammates and the man there. I don’t know. It’s bad.”
Despite the crash, Bora-Hansgrohe did manage to avoid finishing last in the TTT, with three teams delivering slower times.
On the other side of the standings was Mitchelton-Scott. The last team on the road, Mitchelton-Scott managed to knock Jumbo-Visma out of the hot seat—but only after narrowly avoiding another pedestrian. As Mitchelton-Scott approached the flamme rouge, a woman walking her dog stepped into the road just ahead. Fortunately for the riders, pedestrian, and pet, she realized her mistake just in time to stop as the team approached.
Despite the near disaster, Mitchelton-Scott topped a mark set by Primoz Roglic, Tony Martin, and Co. by a margin of seven seconds to take the win. Sunweb finished with the third best time.
Australia’s Michael Hepburn crossed the line first for Mitchelton-Scott, earning the honor of wearing the race leader’s jersey heading into Thursday’s stage 2, a hilly affair running 195 kilometers from Camaiore to Pomarance.
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Cort attacks from the break to win Paris-Nice stage 4
Magnus Cort earned a hard-fought victory in stage 4 of Paris-Nice, spending the afternoon in the breakaway and then attacking his fellow escapees in the closing kilometers to snatch the win solo in Pélussin. Breakaway expert Thomas De Gendt settled for second on the day, with Giulio Ciccone taking third.
The 212-kilometer trek from Vichy was a lumpy one, making the breakaway an attractive place to be from the start. 13 riders got clear in the early goings and the pack was content to let them grow their advantage, which maxed out at around six and a half minutes before the leash began to tighten. It would not tighten enough, however, for the peloton to catch the final four survivors of the early move: Cort, De Gendt, Ciccone, and Alessandro De Marchi. Cort, despite probably being the fastest sprinter in the group, felt strong enough to jump clear with a kilometer to go, taking a convincing win alone at the line.
The challenging parcours led to a shake-up in the overall picture as well, with sprinter Dylan Groenewegen ceding the lead to Michal Kwiatkowski. The Sky rider will take the jersey into Thursday’s 25.5-kilometer team time trial in Barbentane.
19-year-old dies in TT course recon crash at Redlands
Team California rider Tate Meintjes died Tuesday night after he collided with a car during a recon ride of the Redlands Bicycle Classic stage 1 TT course. According to the California Highway Patrol, the 19-year-old from Reno, Nevada, was riding behind a Honda Accord when the “Honda made a U-turn directly into the path of the cyclist and the cyclist crashed into the Honda.”
Meintjes, a promising U23 rider both on the road and the mountain bike, was transported to a hospital but pronounced dead.
“We are absolutely heartbroken by the tragic collision that occurred Tuesday. The cycling community is a very tight knit one, the loss of such a talented, young cyclist is being felt across all cycling disciplines,” Redlands Bicycle Classic president Marc Shaw said in a statement. “The race committee is working closely with our entire field of talented athletes and support staff to ensure they are receiving the assistance they need during this difficult time.”
Specialized Mixtape LTD collection: Music meets product
Inspired by specific soundtracks, Specialized have launched a limited edition range of bikes and gear aimed at getting young women psyched on bikes.
“We’re all so incredibly unique, but one thing that we all have in common is music. No matter how you ride, Mixtape calls you to make your most bad-ass mixtape and to share it with all who’re willing to listen,” said Kayla Clarot, Head Designer at Specialized.
The women’s-focused Mixtape LTD range covers many facets of cycling, including a full road cycling kit, Tarmac Disc road bike, Diverge gravel bike, Stumpjumper Carbon mountain bike, and a Sirrus flat-bar road bike. See more at Specialized.com.
Cervélo overhauls P5 timetrial bike
Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) looks to have gotten himself a new time trial rig with Cervélo announcing a new P5. Unlike Cervélo’s radical triathlon super bike, the P5X, the new P5 is UCI-legal and promises improved aerodynamics over the previous version while adding disc brakes and a clever handlebar setup.
In addition to the improved wind cutting and braking, the new bike boasts to be 22% stiffer at the headtube, 26% stiffer at the bottom bracket and with a reduced weight.
It uses Cervélo’s Speed Riser cockpit from the P5X, which offers extension length, height and angle adjustment with a single tool. There’s even an integrated aero bottle, which according to Cervélo, is UCI compliant. For those looking to cut off their jersey sleeves and ignore rules governing socks, then the new P5 is ready to accept a handlebar bottle and an included toptube bento box, too.
Want to go fast like Tom Dumoulin? A frameset will set you back AU$7,000, with complete bikes starting from AU$11,000.
Win a bike, help the trails
Canyon Bicycles and the Belgian Waffle Ride have announced the “Five for the Trail, One for the Grail” fundraising initiative to support the San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA)
Every $5 donation made to the SDMBA will earn you one chance to win a Canyon Grail CF SL 8.0. Proceeds will go to support the organization’s mission of “improving trail access for mountain bikers in San Diego County.”
Donate here for a chance to win.
Happy Birthday to …
The man called Spartacus turns another year older today. Fabian Cancellara, a seven-time monument winner, four-time world time trial champion, and two-time Olympic time trial champ, is 38. The Swiss powerhouse retired at the end of the 2016 season, but has stayed busy in the cycling community as an ambassador for brands like Trek bikes and Gore Bike Wear.
Tom Danielson turns 41 today. The American climber rode to a handful of grand tour top 10s in his career, but later had some of those results stripped after admitting to doping. He returned to competition after a six-month ban, but his racing career effectively ended when he was banned again after a positive test for synthetic testosterone in 2015.
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