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by Shane Stokes
May 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Pöstlberger takes first pro victory on opening stage of Giro d’Italia to wear maglia rosa; Eisenhart, Hall win Stage 2 at Redlands Classic; Kirsten Wild wins first stage in Tour of Chongming Island; Alarcón takes stage one of the Vuelta Internacional a la Comunidad de Madrid; Mugerli wins in chaotic stage 3 final of Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Giro director Vegni says he was wary of sending Bardiani-CSF team home following doping positives; Bouhanni forced to withdraw from Tour of California; 105-year-old Robert Marchand recognised as the world’s oldest competitive cyclist; Google Doodle marks 100th Giro d’Italia; Video: Michele Scarponi. The farewell interview; Video: Steven Kruijswijk’s final preparations for the 100th Giro d’Italia; Video: Caleb Ewan – Interview at the start of stage one of the 2017 Giro d’Italia; Video: Geraint Thomas – interview before the Giro d’Italia; Video: Tom Dumoulin – interview before the race; Video: Nathan Haas receives his Fi:zi’k Giro Shoes; Video: Chasing Cancellara
The Guinness book of records has formally accepted Frenchman Robert Marchand as the oldest competitive cyclist in the world, handing down the accolade four months after he took on the world hour record.
In early January Marchand covered 22.547 kilometres in one hour at the Vélodrome National de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in France. Although it was some way off the 26.927 kilometres he recorded three years earlier, it was best in the newly-created category for riders over 105.
“I did not see the sign warning me I had 10 minutes left,” Marchand said then, according to AP. “Otherwise I would have gone faster, I would have posted a better time. I’m now waiting for a rival.”
The Guinness Book of Record entry can be viewed here