Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 3, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Degenkolb wins rough and tumble Dubai sprint; Damien Howson takes Sun Tour lead with solo victory on Falls Creek; Kristoff fires back with win at Etoile de Bessèges, stage 2; Tony Martin solos to win at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Stuyven forging his own path despite past comparisons with Classics kings; Grivko punches Kittel amidst tense crosswinds in Dubai; Should welfare come before winning?; Canyon coming to the US market by summer; Judge rules against lawsuit over Dekker’s tell-all book; Pair recreates 1928 Aussie-Kiwi Tour de France ride in documentary; Cadel Evans joins ride for veterans with PTSD; Video: Crosswinds wreak havoc in Dubai; Skoda ad features career of Bradley Wiggins.

Degenkolb wins rough and tumble Dubai sprint

by Mark Zalewski

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) finally cracked the code at the Dubai Tour, taking the win on the third stage after finishing fourth on each of the two days prior. The German won in a bike throw ahead of Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data) with Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) in third.

“I am very happy with this victory,” said Degenkolb. “I really wanted to get this win for the teammates, for the whole team. They did such a tremendous job, and they really deserve the win. We had to come from pretty far back, but we as a team kept really calm and waited for the moment. It was most important we stayed together and helped each other. We had a super good leadout, and I could jump on Kiel’s (Reijnen) wheel and then luckily I could overtake [van Rensburg] in the last few meters.”

The stage featured high winds that the Dubai Tour is known for, first as a tailwind that shifted into crosswinds as the course turned, causing splits and echelons in the peloton, as well as some extra-curricular activity.

“I was at the limit all day,” said Degenkolb. “In the crosswinds, I wasn’t immediately in the first group, but I fought hard to rejoin them. During the stage, I thought that we are crazy to do this! We spoke to the commissaires to find a solution we all could be happy with, but by the time we did this, it was clear it would be better in a few moments.”

Despite being boxed out in the finale Marcel Kittel (Quick Step Floors) retains the overall lead by eight seconds over Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL Jumbo).

Stage 3: Dubai > Al Aqah - Stage Result

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