Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 5, 2016

In Friday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Morton repeats Utah stage win a year later; Gonçalves impresses in Portugal sprint; Van Poppel doubles wins in Burgos; Why the Tour of California’s move to WorldTour could be bad for US cycling; ‘Dream signing’ Michael Matthews confirmed by Giant-Alpecin; Preview: What you need to know about the men’s road race at the Rio Olympics; Dennis crashes on Rio course recon; Roche: A fourth Tour win for Froome will be complicated; Contador testing climbing legs in Burgos attack; AG2R La Mondiale signs Naesen and Vandenbergh for two seasons; Kluge signs with ORICA-BikeExchange; Davis Phinney’s ’84 Olympics bike and the golden dream that almost was; Study: Bicycle laws, infrastructure marginalizes poor; Drink developed for military boosts cycling performance; Five Crazy Moments in Olympic Cycling History; Wiggins set for final Olympic chapter – part two; Queensland state velodrome construction time-lapse

Dennis crashes on Rio course recon

by CyclingTips

The Australian cycling team continues to have troubles in Rio with time trial favourite Rohan Dennis crashing while on a recon of the road race course.

Not a bad group of guys to be racing with in #rio2016 #oneteam @scottbowden @simoclarke @richie_porte

A photo posted by Rohan Dennis (@rohandennis) on

“I was fixing my glasses and talking to Richie and you know when that cement truck drops a bit of cement on the ground and it dries into a little blob? I didn’t see it and it jacked my handlebars and I went straight down,” he told The Advertiser.

“I put my hand down to stop sliding which wasn’t the best thing to do but I jumped up straight away and thought ‘I’m fine’ but I looked at my hand and it was a lot of skin off. The elbow stings but I need to hang on to the handlebars … and that’s (hand) the main thing I want to get fixed.”

Cycling Australia is going to great lengths make the team as ready for the road races as possible, opting for them to stay outside the athletes’ village in Barra, and instead 22km away at Ipanema Beach, where they have easier access to train on the course.

While the intention might be to avoid the distractions with the buzz and excitement of the village, the reports of poor conditions within the facilities are also a consideration.

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