In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel takes fifth Scheldeprijs win; De La Cruz solos to impressive stage win at Vuelta a Pais Vasco; Coquard wins second stage at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe, Dowsett takes TT and lead; Van Dijk, Pieters take wins on opening day of Healthy Ageing Tour; Steve Tilford, master of cycling disciplines, dies at 57 after traffic accident; UCI adopts new safety measures proposed by Professional Riders Council; Vanmarcke out for Paris-Roubaix; Van Avermaet turns focus to Paris-Roubaix; Cavendish out of Paris-Roubaix with ongoing ankle injury; Kittel confirms return to Tour of California; Distance cyclist Mark Beaumont aiming to cycle around the world in 80 days; Bicycle fabricated from recycled coffee pods; Zwift Stories – Mathew Hayman; Urban Freeride lives – Fabio Wibmer.
Your Thursday Daily News Digest
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) did not take the start Wednesday’s Scheldeprijs and will not start Paris-Roubaix on Sunday due to an ankle injury, his team confirmed. He first noticed pain in his right ankle during Tirreno-Adriatico and last raced at Milano-Sanremo, taking a break after in an attempt to heal.
“Mark sustained an overuse injury of his right ankle while competing at the Tirreno-Adriatico race,” said team doctor Jarrad Van Zuydam.
“The injury was thought to be resolving but has unfortunately flared up again during training. Further investigation and treatment is necessary over the coming days to resolve the injury before Mark returns to racing. We are hopeful of a speedy recovery, though it would be premature to set a date for his return to racing at this stage.
The team said Cavendish will alter his race programme going forward in an effort to be fully healed before returning to racing, with the Tour de France remaining his top priority for the year.
He has one win and four other podiums so far this season, and also took the points jersey at the Abu Dhabi Tour.