Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

June 27, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Philippe Gilbert takes his second Belgian national title; Andre Greipel claims his third German national title; Adam Blythe wins British nationals road race; Giacomo Nizzolo crowned Italian champion; Vichot wins the French national road race championships; Jose Joaquin Rojas crowned Spanish champion for the second time; Groenwegen wins the Dutch national road title; More from a big weekend of national championships; Lotto Soudal reveals that Stig Broeckx has severe brain damage; French army thermal camera to be used to detect motors at the Tour de France; Nacer Bouhanni injures hand in late-night hotel altercation; What it feels like to ride 7,000km in three weeks; Behind the scenes at the ZLM Tour with Adam Phelan.

Contador skips Spanish nationals due to illness

by CyclingTips

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) sat out the Spanish national championships over the weekend after coming down with a minor cold.

Better safe than sorry. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) isn’t taking any risks before the Tour de France, and after coming down with a minor cold, he pulled out of the Spanish national championships this weekend as a precaution.

Tinkoff team officials confirmed Contador has come down with a “resfriado” — a minor cold — and won’t be racing until the Tour starts Saturday next weekend in Normandy.

“Nothing serious,” a team spokesman said. “It’s better not to risk. We expect everything to be perfect for the start of the Tour.”

The announcement came as a surprise because Contador rarely competes in Spanish nationals, and the course was a good one for him. Jesús Hernandez, a Tinkoff teammate and helper, also pulled out.

Any health problems ahead of the Tour can raise red flags, but officials insist it’s nothing serious. Contador was training at altitude at Livigno, Italy, following the Critérium du Dauphiné.

The two-time Tour winner enjoyed his best spring in years, but couldn’t match archrival Chris Froome (Sky) at the Dauphiné. The veteran remains optimistic he will be even better for the Tour.

Tinkoff will announce its final Tour lineup Tuesday, via a live webcast from Moscow with team owner Oleg Tinkov. Contador should see strong support from such riders as Hernandez, Romain Kreuziger, and Rafal Majka, with world champion Peter Sagan chasing another green jersey.

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