Sagan wins Paris-Roubaix, Pieters wins Healthy Ageing Tour: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 9, 2018

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan wins Paris-Roubaix after long-range attack; Michael Goolaerts dies after Paris-Roubaix heart attack; Amy Pieters wins the Healthy Ageing Tour; Primoz Roglic wins the Itzulia Basque Country, Enric Mas claims final stage; James Whelan wins the U23 Tour of Flanders; Australia tops Commonwealth Games track cycling medal tally;  Matteo Trentin suffers spinal fracture at Roubaix; Lawson Craddock crashes into a car; Bill Chaffey takes Commonwealth Games paratriathlon bronze despite handcycle crash; The hands of a Paris-Roubaix cyclist; Sagan the mobile mechanic.

Bill Chaffey takes Commonwealth Games paratriathlon bronze despite handcycle crash

by Matt de Neef

Australia’s Bill Chaffey is “kicking” himself after a “silly” crash during the handcycling portion of the Commonwealth Games paratriathlon on Saturday.

Chaffey had led the bunch out of the swim before overshooting a corner and riding into a barrier.

Chaffey’s machine was damaged in the crash — a broken gear cable meant he was limited to one gear thereafter — but the New South Welshman rallied and was still able to take a bronze medal.

“It was just a cluster of mistakes. It was my fault,” he said. “It was silly racing. I’m gonna be kicking myself for years to come.

“You always get people [who are] good-hearted and they mean well. They want to say that you did well and all that sort of stuff. But only an athlete knows. You’re not going out there to try and win a bronze medal – I was going out to try and win gold. I made the mistake, I stuffed up. I’m really dirty about that.”