Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 4, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan swaps rainbow stripes for yellow jersey with Stage 2 victory at Tour de France; Rosa Round-up: more Boels-Dolmans success as Evelyn Stevens wins stage 3 and takes pink; Tour of Austria kicks off with uphill prologue and field sprint stage; Cavendish wins opening stage of Tour de France, takes maillot jaune for first time; ‘It was a disaster’: Stage 2 puncture slashes Porte’s chances of Tour de France victory; The walking wounded: Stage 1 of Tour leaves its mark; Contador injured in Tour de France opener: ‘When I place my shoulder in a certain position I am worried’; Bennett soldiers on after stage 1 crash: ‘I could see the bone in my finger’; Mission accomplished: Cavendish completes long campaign to grab Tour yellow; Cookson on ASO-UCI deal, Bahrain team; Tramadol prevalent within the pro peloton, soon to be banned; Tour de France: Stage 2 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 on-board highlights; Tour de France: Stage 2 on-board highlights; How to launch the ‘Manx Missile’

Bennett soldiers on after stage 1 crash: ‘I could see the bone in my finger’

by VeloClub

Having come down heavily inside the final kilometre of Saturday’s opening stage of the Tour, Sam Bennett faced the nightmare scenario of possibly being out of the race on day one. The Irish sprinter crossed the line clutching his arm to his chest and grimacing in pain, and at the team bus staff said that there were concerns that he had fractured his collarbone and also broken a finger. Fortunately a visit to hospital confirmed that the damage wasn’t so bad and, battered and bruised, he was able to start stage two on Sunday morning.

“I’m a little bit beat up, but I should be okay,” he told CyclingTips at the start in Saint-Lô. “It’s just my hand, and the braking and stuff. Controlling the bike should be okay. I am a little stiff but it is a disappointing start to the Tour de France. It is also the second time this year that bad work with the barriers has put me down.”

Cycling’s rider representation groups have long campaigned for barriers without protruding feet. The issue has been known for a long time: on the final stage of the 1991 Tour, for example, green jersey winner Djamolidine Abdoujaparov got tangled up in barriers and hit the deck.

The same has happened numerous times in races, prompting a repeated push for such barriers to be deemed illegal close to the line. Despite this, such barriers were in use until 500 metres to go on Saturday.

“The barriers came in real sharp,” Bennett explained. “Then too guys got tangled up and ended up on the ground in front of me. I just couldn’t react in time. Coming in at that speed, we shouldn’t have to worry about things like that. It is too dangerous, but nothing has been done.”

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