Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 24, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Groenewegen wins field sprint in Paris as Froome becomes a four-time Tour de France champion; Kline, Rose take Stage 4 criterium wins at Cascade Classic as Mannion, Dragoo retain race lead; De Gendt ‘very disappointed’ to not receive Super Combativity award at Tour de France; Sunweb celebrates points, KOM jerseys at Tour de France two months after winning Giro d’Italia; Cavendish: ‘My career is over if I don’t let this fracture heal properly’; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 21 highlights.

De Gendt ‘very disappointed’ to not receive Super Combativity award at Tour de France

by CyclingTips

Belgian Thomas De Gendt was “very disappointed” to learn that after spending 10 days riding in breakaways at the Tour de France, he was not awarded the Super Combativity award by race organizers ASO, who instead gave the honor to Warren Barguil, winner of two stages and the King of the Mountains competition.

De Gendt finished third in the mountains classification, third in the points classification, 50th in the general classification and – according to the jury – second most combative.

“I came to the Tour after a period where I couldn’t follow the training programme I had, due to my wrist injury. Because of this, I wasn’t in the best shape during the first part of the Tour, but I improved in the course of the three weeks. In the flat stages, I have tried to do my job for the team and for André as good as possible, as I knew that there would be chances later on. Maybe it would have been better that I didn’t go into the breakaway on three or four occasions, but sometimes I ended up in the front effortlessly. If there is a breakaway of ten or more riders, than I’m convinced that I should be one of them. Contrary to last year, Team Sky did take control rigorously. This made that a few chances that I hoped to get were thwarted. In my opinion, they put unnecessary efforts in controlling the peloton, but they have every right to do so.”

During the Tour, De Gendt’s goal to win the Super Combativity award only grew. “Let me be clear, Warren Barguil has ridden a fantastic Tour and I don’t feel any grudge towards him,” he said. “But the mountains jersey is for the best climber, a stage win is for the rider who was the strongest that day and the green jersey is for the rider who was regularly the fastest. In my opinion, the prize for the Super Combativity should go to someone who showed throughout the Tour that he was there to animate the race and to go in the attack. That did not result in the desired result – a stage victory – but that should not be necessary to win the Super Combativity award.”

“The fact that there are five Frenchmen in the jury did play its part. If there were five Belgians in the jury, the outcome would have been different; which is evidence that the composition is not right. It should at least be an international jury that decides on this. I am very disappointed. I am too disappointed to go any deeper into this.”