Hodeg takes opener at Catalunya; early drama at Cape Epic: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

March 20, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Colombian sprinter Alvaro Hodeg takes opening stage at Volta Catalunya; Italian sprinters sweep Stage 2 podium at Langkawi as Astana’s Minali takes race lead; Greipel shares disappointment over lost opportunities after collarbone plated with 10 screws; Cape Epic: Cannondale men win Stage 1; Specialized women in control; Schurter loses bid for Cape Epic repeat after Stirnemann is forced to abandon; Tire problems see Hincapie, Vande Velde lose Masters category lead at Cape Epic; Austin bomber injures cyclists with tripwire; Video: Why isn’t cycling normal in London?

Austin bomber injures cyclists with tripwire

by Neal Rogers

A pair of cyclists were struck by a detonating device Sunday night in what Austin, Texas, police believe is the fourth related incident in a rash of mysterious bombings that is terrorizing the city.

Austin police said that Sunday’s explosion differed from previous bombings, which were caused by packages left on doorsteps. Austin police chief Brian Manley told reporters that the explosion was caused by a device and that it was “very possible that this device was a device that activated by someone either handling, kicking, or coming into contact with a tripwire that activated the device.”

The two men, in their twenties, were either riding their bikes or pushing their bikes at the time of the explosion, Manley said. The injuries were reported to be not life-threatening. The police have not definitively linked Sunday’s explosion to the recent package bombings, though Manley said the police are “working on the belief” that they are connected.

Earlier bombs killed 17-year-old Draylen Mason and 39-year-old Anthony Stephen House.