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Jumbo-Visma takes a convincing win in the stage 2 team time trial at the Tour de France, Marianne Vos doubles up at the Giro Rosa, Pro’s new Stealth Superlight saddle. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Jumbo-Visma wins Tour de France stage 2 team time trial
Another day, another Tour de France stage victory for Jumbo-Visma. The Dutch WorldTour outfit won Sunday’s stage 2 team time trial in Brussels, besting Ineos by 20 seconds to secure the victory and keep stage 1 winner Mike Teunissen in the yellow jersey.
“It was a really big goal for us,” Teunissen said. “Yesterday it was mainly me who took the credit but it was already a team effort. Today, we were eight really strong riders, but also everyone around us, staff, trainers, mechanics, everyone worked so hard for this.”
Teams rolled past several Brussels landmarks on the 27.6-kilometer route, which featured a handful of rollers but was mostly a course for the big TT engines.
Ineos was the first team off the start ramp, and the British squad set an excellent mark of 29:17 that earned them a lengthy stay in the hot seat, with Italy’s Gianni Moscon in position to take over the yellow jersey if the team could top Jumbo-Visma by a wide enough margin.
One team after another came up short of Ineos’s time, with several squads putting in strong performances through the first time check only to fade thereafter. Deceuninck-Quick-Step came close to Ineos’s time, finishing just one second slower, but it was only the final team on the road that managed to knock the first finishers out of the hot seat.
The yellow and black team did so convincingly, rolling into the final few hundred meters with enough of an advantage that it was already clear the squad was riding to victory well before they hit the line. Jumbo-Visma ultimately set a winning time of 28:57 with the quintet of Teunissen, Wout van Aert, Steven Kruijswijk, Tony Martin, and George Bennett finishing together.
Stage 2 results
1 Jumbo-Visma 0:28:57
2 Ineos 0:00:20
3 Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:21
4 Sunweb 0:00:26
6 EF Education First 0:00:28
7 CCC 0:00:31
8 Groupama-FDJ 0:00:32
9 Bahrain-Merida 0:00:36
10 Astana 0:00:41
1 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 4:51:34
2 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:10
3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
4 Tony Martin (Ger) Jumbo-Visma
5 George Bennett (NZl) Jumbo-Visma
6 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Ineos 0:00:30
7 Egan Bernal (Col) Ineos
8 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos
9 Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Ineos
10 Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:31
Mike Teunissen’s victory in the opening stage of the Tour de France came as a surprise to plenty of broadcasters, who were understandably uncertain who took over as Jumbo-Visma’s leader when Dylan Groenewegen crashed. Apparently, there was some surprise – and ultimately, excitement – within the Jumbo-Visma team car as well.
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) July 6, 2019
Rigoberto Urán was hoping EF Education First could deliver a surprise in Sunday’s TTT, and the team did deliver a strong ride to finish sixth. Urán’s massive big ring might have had something to do with that.
60T chainring for Rigoberto Urán today https://t.co/x2Y1TbwmMs
— the Inner Ring (@inrng) July 7, 2019
And then there’s this. Chapeau to this meticulous fan.
Spectacular and low-fi pedantry by cycling fans unknown at the monument in Square Eddy Merckx. pic.twitter.com/ddBCYqQOxx
— Edward Pickering (@EdwardPickering) July 7, 2019
Vos doubles up at the Giro Rosa after Kennedy celebrates too early
Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) doubled up at the Giro Rosa on Sunday with her second straight stage win. The 32-year-old Dutchwoman put in a powerful late dig on the uphill finish in at Piedicavallo to snatch the victory ahead of Australia’s Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott). Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla) took third.
Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) maintained her grip on the overall leader’s jersey.
The 104-kilometer stage from Sagliano Micca featured a very long but mostly gentle ascent in the finale, concluding with a steeper pitch to the line. Kennedy fired off an attack late on the stage and held on solo into the closing meters, where she started to flag.
Nonetheless, with none of her chasers immediately behind her, Kennedy threw a fist in the air to celebrate—only to see Vos explode past her in the final moments.
A better angle of the surreal finish to stage 3 in #GiroRosa where Vos catches Kennedy on the very last meter after the Aussie already started to celebrate. Afterwards Vos even apologized to Kennedy. This sport is brutal… pic.twitter.com/PFhV8To30G
— Mikkel Condé v2.0 (@mrconde) July 7, 2019
Vos’s performance propelled her into third overall in the general classification.
The Giro Rosa continues Monday with a 100-kilometer stage 4 from Lissone to Carate Brianza.
Stage 3 results
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv 2:49:11
2 Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
3 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Bigla Pro Cycling Team
4 Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women
5 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv
6 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women
7 Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini
8 Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling
9 Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
10 Erica Magnaldi (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling
1 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM 5:36:48
2 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Bigla Pro Cycling Team 0:00:20
3 Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:00:25
4 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM 0:00:40
5 Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM 0:00:44
6 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv 0:00:45
7 Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:00:47
8 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:00:52
9 Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:00:59
10 Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:01:04
Katusha-Alpecin waiting for news on future
Tuttobiciweb reports that Katusha-Alpecin management is expected to shed light on the team’s future to riders at the Tour de France in the next few days.
According to Tuttobiciweb, the team is in danger of closing, as partners Alpecin and Canyon look to move their financial support to a project focused on Mathieu van der Poel.
Gilbert could join Lotto-Soudal in 2020
According to Het Nieuwsblad, Philippe Gilbert is considering a three-year offer from Lotto-Soudal. The reigning Paris-Roubaix champion, who recently turned 37, is on the final year of his contract with Deceuninck-Quick-Step.
Gilbert is reportedly looking for a longer-term contract than Deceuninck-Quick-Step is willing to give him at this point in his career.
Coming Up at the Tour
The Tour de France continues with its final Belgian start on Monday’s stage 3, which will take the race across the French border.
The 215-kilometer trek from Binche to Épernay will cover mostly flat roads in the early goings before taking on a series of short climbs in the finale, culminating with a final 500 meters with an average grade around eight percent. Punchy finishers like Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), and Michael Matthews (Sunweb) will like their chances to come away with a big result.
PRO unveils new Stealth Superlight saddle
PRO has announced a new version of the Stealth saddle: the Stealth Superlight. According to PRO, the new model offers a 15 percent weight reduction.
Consumers will have the option of two different widths: 142mm and 152mm. The saddle will retail at US$299, available in November.
Micro Spline options coming for Fulcrum wheels
Shimano Micro Spline technology will soon be available to Fulcrum fans. According to the Italian manufacturer, a Micro Spline freehub option will be available for all of Fulcrum’s 2020 mountain bike and E-mountain bike wheels.
With a conversion kit, consumers will also be able to adopt existing wheels in the Red Zone, Red Metal, and Red Fire lines to the Micro Spline standard.
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Feature Image: Jumbo-Visma en route to victory on stage 2 of the Tour de France. Photo: Nico Vereecken/PN/Cor Vos © 2019