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by Mark Zalewski
July 6, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: By a hair! Kittel takes photo-finish sprint over Coquard at Tour de France; Giro Rosa Round-up: Tiffany Cromwell outsprints them all in stage 4, Stevens stays in pink; Canty wins first climbing stage of Tour of Austria; Australian Olympic cycling team announced; UCI ‘happy to collaborate’ with others in fighting motor use; Tour leader Sagan on safety in the bunch: ‘I don’t want to fight with sprinters and also GC riders’; Bouhanni suing over fight; Brailsford says Cummings’ complaint should be heard; Rihs: BMC Racing Team is holding out for a backer like Apple; Anna van der Breggen to join Boels-Dolmans in 2017; Doug Ryder on a rejuvenated Mark Cavendish: ‘What a f**king legend’; Tour de France, stage 4 recap; Etixx-QuickStep before, after stage 3; Between stages with Giant-Alpecin; Cavendish waiting for photo finish results; Kittel exhausted
Cofidis’ Nacer Bouhanni is suing four men over the late night hotel fight the night before the French road championships that injured his hand and caused him to miss the Tour de France.
French judicial authorities have confirmed a complaint has been filed. According to AFP Bouhanni did not comment.
Cofidis said at the time that the rider had been “assaulted by drunken people” but that his injury would not prevent him from racing in the Tour. Bouhanni said the fight happened when he confronted rowdy hotel guests near his room when he was trying to sleep, which resulted in a fight.
However, the injury was worse than initially thought and ended up requiring surgery, ending his Tour de France before it began.
The Cofidis team, a wildcard entry, built its Tour squad around the French sprinter in hopes for a stage win.
Click through to read more at France 24.