Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 2, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Preview: What you need to know about the 2016 Tour de France; Sagan promising fireworks as Tour start looms; Bouhanni talks about incident that ended his Tour de France before it started; Cummings calls for British Cycling coach removal after Olympic snub; Female Trans America endurance racer out to break cycle of prejudice; Orica-AIS signs young talent for rest of 2016; Shimano acquires helmet brand Lazer; Sven Nys opens cycling center; The art of the wheel: Remembering Donald Trump’s unconventional foray into American cycling; “Beyond The Race” – Pursuing the Tour de France: The Dream of Adam Yates; Tour de France 2016: Meet the teams; 2016 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup; Peter Sagan “introduces” his team for the Tour de France; Greeting riders at the end of a Tour stage in 1927

Bouhanni talks about incident that ended his Tour de France before it started

by CyclingTips

Confidis’ sprinter Nacer Bouhanni will miss the Tour de France due to a hand injury he suffered in a fight with a drunken hotel guest the night before the French road race championships.

Volta a Catalunya 2016 - stage 1

“I was awakened by strong bursts of a voice in the morning around three o’clock that seemed to come from the room next to me,” said Bouhanni. “My brother was awake. I tried to go back to sleep, but after an hour it was untenable. I got up and knocked on the door. ”

“A boy opened the door, holding a can of beer in his hand. I asked if he could stop and tried to explain that I had a championship in a few hours. He put his beer down, treated me like [expleative] and pushed me violently. My first instinct was to defend myself.”

“I had not seen that there were three other boys, all drunk. Later I knew [they] came from a wedding. There was a lot of hustle and the other riders also started to wake up. My brother was really scared.”

While unable to compete in the French championships, his team initially said he would recover for the Tour start. However, his injury was more serious and required surgery, taking him out of the race.

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