Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 9, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Alaphilippe wins Paris-Nice time trial, takes over lead; BMC wins Tirreno-Adriatico TTT opener; Q&A with Axel Merckx: Team’s exclusion from California is ‘unfortunate for development of US cycling’; Froome declines to support Brailsford; Three Sky riders break front wheels in Tirreno-Adriatico TTT, dashing GC plans; Sagan shows up at Tirreno-Adriatico with thumb wrapped; Groenewegen upset over Paris-Nice performance; Gent-Wevelgem to honour Antoine Demoitié; Christian Prudhomme: ASO backs the MPCC; Video shows baggage handlers tossing bike cases from EasyJet plane; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 4 highlights; 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico stage 1 highlights; The Pioneer 2017 highlights.

BMC wins Tirreno-Adriatico TTT opener

by Mark Zalewski

While BMC is having GC issues at Paris-Nice, they are right on track at Tirreno-Adriatico, winning the opening team time trial by 16 seconds ahead of Quick Step Floors and 22 seconds ahead of FDJ. Italian Damiano Caruso takes the first leader’s jersey of the race.

“I feel really good, really excited. This is a dream come true,” said Caruso. “The team was incredible today. Rohan Dennis and Stefan Küng made a huge difference, and we were setting a really, really fast pace.

“In the end, it was a surprise for us to finish 17 seconds ahead and faster than last year so, it is incredible. Now I will enjoy wearing this jersey, and from tomorrow we will see what happens.”

While Quick Step Floors has a squad with a lot of stage win potential — with the likes of Tom Boonen, Zdenek Stybar and Fernando Gaviria –Bob Jungels, who was the best young rider and third overall in 2016, is in prime GC position.

Just outside the podium was the Movistar team with GC leader Nairo Quintana also poised for the overall.

Stage 1 (TTT): Lido di Camaiore > Lido di Camaiore - Stage Result

Wednesday 8th March 2017

BMC Racing Team
Quick-Step Floors