Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 4, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan swaps rainbow stripes for yellow jersey with Stage 2 victory at Tour de France; Rosa Round-up: more Boels-Dolmans success as Evelyn Stevens wins stage 3 and takes pink; Tour of Austria kicks off with uphill prologue and field sprint stage; Cavendish wins opening stage of Tour de France, takes maillot jaune for first time; ‘It was a disaster’: Stage 2 puncture slashes Porte’s chances of Tour de France victory; The walking wounded: Stage 1 of Tour leaves its mark; Contador injured in Tour de France opener: ‘When I place my shoulder in a certain position I am worried’; Bennett soldiers on after stage 1 crash: ‘I could see the bone in my finger’; Mission accomplished: Cavendish completes long campaign to grab Tour yellow; Cookson on ASO-UCI deal, Bahrain team; Tramadol prevalent within the pro peloton, soon to be banned; Tour de France: Stage 2 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 on-board highlights; Tour de France: Stage 2 on-board highlights; How to launch the ‘Manx Missile’

Contador injured in Tour de France opener: ‘When I place my shoulder in a certain position I am worried’

by Matt de Neef

The results sheet shows that stage 1 of the 2016 Tour de France was decided in a bunch sprint. But already the battle for the general classification has come into focus with one of the race’s overall contenders, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), crashing heavily on the opening stage.

With 77km of the 188km stage remaining, Contador’s front wheel slid out as the peloton flew around a right-hand corner at high speed. The two-time former winner of the race landed on his right shoulder before sliding dramatically into a traffic island.

While the wound on Contador’s shoulder appeared significant, initial reports suggest the damage is minor.

“When we saw him he said ‘It’s all ok, all ok’ but I need the doctor to clean the wounds,” Tinkoff director sportif Steven de Jongh told CyclingTips. “But this is obviously the first reaction of a rider who crashes … to go on the bike and ride and they don’t think about any pain.

“I hope it’s like this — I hope there’s no fractures or ripped tendons or whatever. The wounds in the shoulder looked pretty big so the impact must have been hard.”

Click through to read more at CyclingTips.

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