Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 26, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Kluge spoils sprinters’ day and gives IAM a reason to smile at Giro d’Italia; Wout Van Aert wins Baloise Belgium Tour prologue; Project 2016: The story behind USA Cycling’s revolutionary new track bikes; Chaves loses teammate support in Mezgec; Dimension Data seeking Grand Tour squad for 2017; British Cycling review panel names three; Sagan seeking wildcard spot for cross-country MTB at Rio Olympics; Giant-Alpecin names Tour de France long-list; Reports link Degenkolb to Trek-Segafredo; Teenaged Dygert’s talent still seems limitless; Giro stage 17 highlights; An Post RáS 2016 – Stage 3 highlights; 360 video of descent; Wiggins to race London six day race; Orica-GreenEdge backstage pass: Giro stage 17

Wout Van Aert wins Baloise Belgium Tour prologue

by CyclingTips

Cyclocross world champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan – Vastgoedservice) surprised many by winning the prologue time trial at the Baloise Belgium Tour, beating three-time time trial world champion Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) by two seconds in the process.

“I have no real explanation why it went so well, but I must say that I have dealt well with my coach. We had drawn up a schedule to work towards this prologue and the Baloise Belgium Tour,” he said at the press conference.

“I learned to warm-up for a time trial. I used to do the same warm-up that I would do for cyclocross, but that’s really not that smart. Now I remained on the rollers until much closer to the start of the prologue. I have a lot of learned in recent weeks.”

Reto Hollenstein (IAM Cycling) took third, another two seconds behind Martin.

The difference, it seemed, was the technical parcours, which benefitted the cyclocross champion’s bike handling skills over Martin’s ability to sustain power for long periods of time. “We all know someone like Tony Martin is a real powerhouse,” said Van Aert. “He makes the difference in the straights. But if I am careful maybe I can gain half a second in each turn. And that does quite a lot in a prologue of six kilometres long.”

Prologue: Beveren > Beveren - Stage Result

Wednesday 25th May 2016

1. be
VAN AERT Wout
Crelan - Vastgoedservice
00:06:52
2. de
MARTIN Tony
Etixx - Quick Step
0:02
3. ch
HOLLENSTEIN Reto
IAM Cycling
0:04
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