Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 20, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Vos doubles wins at Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen; Gidich wins third stage of Tour of Qinghai Lake; Four talking points from the 2016 Giro Rosa; Anatomy of a bike throw: Sagan’s stage-winning lunge for the line; Battle with the broom wagon: Suffering to stay in the Tour; How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 10-16; Rohan Dennis leaving Tour de France; A mid-season chat: Joe Dombrowski talks beer, cars, and renewed contract with Cannondale-Drapac; Cummings replaces Kennaugh for Olympic road race; AG2R LA MONDIALE extends sponsorship through 2020; Turkish Olympian motivated to perform at Qinghai Lake following failed coup attempt in Ankara; Team Sky on Pinarello through 2020; List of Tour de France team budgets; Sagan at the Tour de France, by the numbers; Tour de France, stage 16 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 16; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 2 highlights

Battle with the broom wagon: Suffering to stay in the Tour

by VeloClub

The Tour is infamous in its difficulty, brutal in its suffering. Yet sometimes fate ramps up the pain even more, beginning a torture that can drag on for days or weeks.

Michael Morkov and Sam Bennett are a clear example of that from this year’s race. Their campaigns were in their opening day when both found themselves on the deck at the end of stage one to Utah beach. Getting tangled up in a crash in the finishing sprint was the worst possible start, and began a personal purgatory that was not of their making.

The duo’s battle to survive exemplified the brutality of cycling’s toughest race. It also displayed the courage that riders show in trying to finish the damn thing.

“It happened at the very end of the sprint, 500 metres from the line,” Morkov told CyclingTips on July 8, four days after his rendezvous with disaster. I was next to the barrier and suddenly a spectator hit my right handlebar. I went off balance and crashed into the barrier.”

Bennett has a slightly different perspective of the incident, but one that is no less unsettling. “We were moving up and up. Then the barriers then came in real sharp and two guys got tangled up. They ended up on the ground in front of me and I just couldn’t react in time.”

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