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by Mark Zalewski
April 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Démare wins GP de Denain; Team USA defends women’s team pursuit world title in thrilling race over Australia; Whistleblower claims Team Sky breached ‘no needles’ policy; Specialized takes blame for component failure causing Terpstra’s Paris-Roubaix crash; Did spectator try to pull Stybar’s arm in Roubaix velodrome?; Specialized CEO Sinyard ‘I believe truly that two years from now everybody will be riding disc brakes’; Gilbert on rivals at Brabantse Pijl: I let them lose; Nizzolo finally over injury, set to return at Tour of Croatia; Battle on the Border postponed; Boonen enjoying retirement; 2017 UCI Track World Championships, day 1 highlights; Video: Van der Poel catching air over Meeusen; Video: Celebrating British Cycling.
Sporza’s Extra Time aired a programme with close-up footage showing the lead-up to the final Paris-Roubaix sprint between Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) and Sebastian Langeveld (Cannondale-Drapac). While the three began on the low part of the track, Stybar transitioned to the high line, up against the rail and the many spectators. That is the moment journalist Karl Vannieuwkerke said he noticed a spectator pull on Stybar’s arm.
“I do not know if many people have seen it, but on the track Stybar escaped a cycling tragedy,” said Vannieuwkerke.
“He’s over in the corner and there’s a man trying to pull his arm. Stybar almost went down.
“I do not know whether it was done consciously or unconsciously, but Stybar is very lucky that he remains upright.”
The next time around that position the group remained lower as Gianni Moscon (Sky) began his sprint and Stybar took the lead, with Van Avermaet on his wheel.
Click through to read more at Sporza.