Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 16, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Dumoulin crushes Tour de France stage 13 TT, Froome extends GC lead; Gaviria gets hat trick in Poland; Prudhomme: It’s a day of mourning for France and for the Tour de France; After Nice attack, the Tour de France goes on with heavy hearts; Mont Ventoux madness: A first-hand perspective from the Tour; Porte, on chaotic Ventoux mishap: ‘If you can’t control the crowds, then what can you control?’; Maddeningly hypnotic: The Tour de France is an absurd, beautiful circus; Simon Gerrans out of the Tour de France with collarbone fracture; Thibaut Pinot out of Tour de France; Theuns crashes out of Tour de France in time trial crash; Shane Sutton: British Cycling review will exonerate me; Is EPO’s performance enhacing effect all in the mind?; Tour de France, stage 12 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 12; A journey to the top: Peter Sagan

After Nice attack, the Tour de France goes on with heavy hearts

by Neal Rogers

Thirteen days ago, the 2016 Tour de France began in Normandy, with the first stage finishing at Utah Beach, site of the deadly D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.

Following the podium celebration, a moment of silence was observed, the national champions of France and Germany symbolically clasping hands, not only in remembrance of those who died protecting the freedom of the Allied nations but in the repaired relationships between neighboring nations once at war.

On Friday in Caverne du Pont d’Arc, another moment of silence was observed, this time a tribute to the victims of Thursday night’s horrific attack in Nice; an attack purposefully timed during France’s Fete Nationale, a day set aside to commemorate the French Revolution — a day to celebrate freedom.

This moment of silence was held just after the podium presentation, with all four jersey wearers, plus stage winner Tom Dumoulin, on center stage, hats and hands by their sides.

Security at this Tour is a real issue — particularly after the attacks at Stade de France in November — with an additional 23,000 French police, including special intervention squads, deployed to year’s race. Bags are checked when entering secure areas, which are patrolled by police with machine guns.

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