Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 11, 2016

Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Froome victorious at Dauphiné, takes over GC lead; Bizhigitov takes queen stage in Korea, Bole into overall lead; Absalon, Schurter on Sagan’s chances at Olympic MTB medal: “Not likely”; Orica to continue with GreenEDGE for one more season; Katusha to add new title sponsor; Man charged with murder in Michigan cycling crash; Critical response to media coverage of Michigan crash; Sports doctor dubbed cycling’s ‘king of doping’ arrested in Colombia; New cyclist ends up riding entire triathlon bike course; Recap: Critérium du Dauphiné, stage 5; On-board video: Critérium du Dauphiné stage 4; Cyclist tackled by police ahead of Obama motorcade

Absalon, Schurter on Sagan’s chances at Olympic MTB medal: “Not likely”

by Neal Rogers

Can Peter Sagan win an Olympic mountain-bike medal in Rio de Janeiro? The two best cross-country racers of all-time, Julien Absalon and Nino Schurter, say it’s not likely.

And they would know. Between them, Absalon and Schurter have nine elite world championship titles, 10 World Cup series titles, two Olympic gold medals, a silver, and a bronze.

Schurter (Scott-Odlo) has been world champion four times over the past seven years, with two silver medals over the same span. He’s yet to take Olympic gold, settling for silver in London behind Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized). Absalon (BMC Racing) took a fifth world title, ahead of Schurter, in 2014. He flatted out of the London Olympic race, putting an end to his streak of two consecutive Olympic gold medals dating back to 2004 in Athens.

Schurter currently leads the 2016 World Cup standings, ahead of Absalon, having won two of three events; Absalon won the other.

Simply put, Absalon, 35, and Schurter, 30, are the Federer and Djokovic of cross-country mountain biking — the greatest of all time and the greatest of his era, with intersecting career arcs that have provided one of the greatest rivalries in all of cycling.

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