Sagan on virtual racing, Dennis off Instagram: Daily News Digest

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Hello again, CyclingTips readers.

Some marquee names have been busy on Instagram recently.

Rohan Dennis has apparently taken down his Instagram account after posting a photo of a drive around Girona with a caption venting his frustration at COVID-19 and the quarantine measures it has led to all over the world.

Meanwhile, Peter Sagan took to the platform for an Instagram live Q&A session on Saturday, offering his perspectives on life on lockdown and also sharing his opinion on virtual racing.

Spoiler alert: Don’t expect the three-time world road champ to be targeting Zwift events any time soon.

Whatever your opinion on virtual racing, hopefully we’ll have a chance to get back to watching Sagan light up outdoor bike races sooner rather than later.

Until next time, readers.


What’s news

| Sagan: I’m a real cyclist, not a virtual one

In a Q&A session on Instagram on Saturday, Peter Sagan covered a wide variety of topics—including virtual racing. Peter Sagan said that while has been spending a lot of time on the trainer lately, actually racing on it is not something that interests him.

I’m a real cyclist, but not a virtual one. If this is going to be the future, well, I don’t think so,” he said. “Maybe I can do some races on Zwift with an electric bike. What do you think about that? Just kidding.”

| Dennis takes down Instagram account after apparently breaking lockdown restrictions

World time trial champ Rohan Dennis has taken down his Instagram and Twitter accounts after posting a photo on Instagram from a drive around Girona in apparent violation of lockdown restrictions there.

“Day 34 – cracked and left the house #covid19 can suck my ass and so can #quarantine,” he wrote in the caption. Dennis responded to a handful of commenters criticizing his post and then ultimately took his social media accounts offline, but some users screen-shotted the post before it disappeared.

| Molly Weaver raises more than £12,000 for charity with 130-kilometer ride in her garden

Former pro Molly Weaver has raised over £12,000 in donations to the Women’s Aid Federation of England with a solo charity ride—in her garden.

Instead of riding the Dirty Reiver gravel race that had been on her calendar this weekend, she rode just over 1,300 laps on a course of around 100 meters that she set up in her garden on Saturday. Along the way she raised thousands of pounds in donations. You can check out the donation page here.

| Kuss wins Jumbo-Visma virtual race

Sepp Kuss topped his Jumbo-Visma teammates in an intra-team race held on Zwift on Sunday.

The American climber proved strongest on a three-lap race on the Innsbruck Worlds course, topping fellow youngsters Jonas Vingegaard and Tobias Foss.

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