Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

June 27, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Philippe Gilbert takes his second Belgian national title; Andre Greipel claims his third German national title; Adam Blythe wins British nationals road race; Giacomo Nizzolo crowned Italian champion; Vichot wins the French national road race championships; Jose Joaquin Rojas crowned Spanish champion for the second time; Groenwegen wins the Dutch national road title; More from a big weekend of national championships; Lotto Soudal reveals that Stig Broeckx has severe brain damage; French army thermal camera to be used to detect motors at the Tour de France; Nacer Bouhanni injures hand in late-night hotel altercation; What it feels like to ride 7,000km in three weeks; Behind the scenes at the ZLM Tour with Adam Phelan.

Adam Blythe wins British national title

by Matt de Neef

In something of an upset, Adam Blythe (Tinkoff) has outsprinted Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Andy Fenn (Sky) to win the British national road title.

Blythe had been part of a four-man breakaway and earlier spent a lot of energy chasing down other moves. When his breakaway was eventually caught, he rested up, bided his time, then dashed to an impressive victory.

“I’m so chuffed – it feels great to have won the jersey,” Blythe said. “It was a long day really, from 70km out there were four of us tapping through and when we entered the circuit the gap wasn’t that big. After it came back together behind I just sat in and saved what I could for the sprint. I never knew I was going to get it but I never thought I wouldn’t as well, I just gave it my all and crossed the line first.

“Not having any teammates in the race meant it was all about selecting the right move. The circuit wasn’t too difficult so it was all about timing, only attacking when it was worth attacking.

“I’m looking forward to the getting the new white kit now! It’s the highlight of my career so far. I just want to get the jersey and all the kit to go with it – white shorts, white bike…”