Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 19, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Michael Matthews takes Stage 16 win at Tour de France after crosswinds wreak havoc; Brennauer seals GC victory at Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, Schneider takes Stage 6 win; Degenkolb upset, says Matthews ‘did not hold his line’ in Tour de France sprint; Bad day for Quick-Step at Tour de France as Kittel loses points, Martin loses time, Gilbert abandons; Bennett forced to abandon Tour de France with illness; Zubeldia to end 20-year career at San Sebastian; Cannondale-Drapac team in ‘super-promising’ negotiations with two potential sponsors; Pinarello announces Dogma F10 Disk; Silca reintroduces Pista floor pump, releases 100-year HX-One tool kit; Foundation announced in honor of American Chad Young; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 16 highlights; Video: The moment Michael Matthews realized he’d won Stage 16 at Tour de France.

Bennett forced to abandon Tour de France with illness

by Neal Rogers

New Zealand’s George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) was forced to abandon the Tour de France early on Stage 16 Tuesday, due to illness.

Bennett, who won the Amgen Tour of California in May, had sat as high as ninth overall after the Stage 12 finish at Peyragudes. However he fell ill and suffered on Stage 13, losing over two minutes to the main GC contenders. After the Tour’s second rest day on Monday, Bennett pulled the plug 70km into Stage 16, while sitting 12th overall.

“Devastating to leave the Tour,” Bennett wrote on Twitter. “One of the worst feelings as bike racer, thanks again for all support the last weeks, see you at the next one.”

In 2016, Bennett became the first Kiwi to finish in the top 10 of a Grand Tour, finishing 10th at the Vuelta a España.