Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 5, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Poels wins final stage of Tour of Poland, Teuns takes overall victory; Barbero sprints to victory on stage 4 of Vuelta a Burgos; Wiebes and Gazzoli become junior European champions, Matthiessen completes U23 double; Hansen not selected for Vuelta a España, Grand Tour record streak ends at 18; Adam Hansen’s fear of flying; Gaviria and Richeze continue with Quick-Step Floors; Roelandts moves to BMC Racing Team to help Van Avermaet; Jongewaard favourite for Australian men’s cyclocross title, women’s race wide open; Jones inks contract with Delko – Marseille Provence – KTM team; Video: Team Sunweb’s Chad Haga shows off piano skills; Video: Copenhagen shows way to safe cycling; Video: Brian Cookson at the Tour of Poland; Video: Katie Compton helps out with Trek phone support, with mixed results; Video: European championship competitor brought down by spectator

Adam Hansen’s fear of flying

by CyclingTips

Speaking of Hansen, Rouleur has published a fascinating article where he talks about his fear of flying.

Here’s an excerpt:

Another occasion after a race, the plane on which Hansen was travelling stalled. “It was raining heaps, you couldn’t see anything outside. When the engine stalled, we were weightless, totally weightless in the craft. Understanding lift and everything like that, I saw that the pilot recognised directly that we stalled, so he put full thrust on.

“That’s where you nosedive down, then slowly pull up. Those five seconds felt like a lifetime. I thought that was the end of it.”

So, the Australian is well-known in the bunch not just as the head case doing 18 consecutive Grand Tours but as the fella fretting on flights.

“When there’s bad turbulence, all the riders look at me and have a little joke because they know I’m just totally freaking out,” he says. “In some senses, I look at them and see they’re so relaxed, that helps a little.”

Click through to read more at Rouleur.