Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 22, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Froome beats Dumoulin to win Tour de France TT as podium battle tightens; Rivera wins final stage as Cecchini claims overall at Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt; Gidich takes second stage win at Tour of Qinghai Lake; BMC leadership questions answered: Porte seeks Tour de France podium, Van Garderen into support role; Stats and storytelling: how Dimension Data is breaking down the Tour de France; Froome in control, but behind, five riders in contention for podium finish in Paris; How Mark Cavendish got his Tour de France mojo back; Young cyclist talks about team pressures to dope; Tour de France Tech: The new FSA electronic groupset; Archbold suffered through crashing to finish Tour stage; A Day On The Side of The Road; Scientists take a fresh look at what makes a bike stable; Tour de France, stage 18 recap; Tour de France, stage 17 on-board highlights; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 4 highlights; Sondre Hols Enger ‘celebrates’ on the team bus; The absolutely most-epic mountain bike video ever!

BMC leadership questions answered: Porte seeks Tour de France podium, Van Garderen into support role

by Michael Better

On the roads of the Swiss Alps on Wednesday, any remaining questions about BMC Racing’s team leadership hierarchy at the 2016 Tour de France were answered.

Tejay van Garderen was dropped on the penultimate climb of the day, the Category 1 Col de la Forclaz, and lost nearly 20 minutes to the general classification contenders. Richie Porte attacked on the final climb, and the maillot jaune of Chris Froome (Team Sky) was the only GC rider able to follow.

Van Garderen, who has twice finished fifth overall at the Tour, and who abandoned last year due to illness while sitting third overall, offered up no excuses, acknowledging that he simply was unable to compete for a high overall position at this year’s race.

“In other years I’ve crashed or been sick, but this year I don’t know, [my body’s] not responding,” van Garderen said after the stage. “There’s really no excuse, I wish I had one but I don’t know. I guess I’m going to have to sit down with our performance team and see what we did in the build up. I’ve raced against a lot of these guys before in other races and I’ve been able to be there with them, and for some reason this year it’s not happening.”

While van Garderen’s tone after the stage was somber, Porte’s was quite the opposite. The 31-year-old from Tasmania spoke with confidence, pointing out that the Tour is not over until the riders pedal into Paris on Sunday.

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