Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 6, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: By a hair! Kittel takes photo-finish sprint over Coquard at Tour de France; Giro Rosa Round-up: Tiffany Cromwell outsprints them all in stage 4, Stevens stays in pink; Canty wins first climbing stage of Tour of Austria; Australian Olympic cycling team announced; UCI ‘happy to collaborate’ with others in fighting motor use; Tour leader Sagan on safety in the bunch: ‘I don’t want to fight with sprinters and also GC riders’; Bouhanni suing over fight; Brailsford says Cummings’ complaint should be heard; Rihs: BMC Racing Team is holding out for a backer like Apple; Anna van der Breggen to join Boels-Dolmans in 2017; Doug Ryder on a rejuvenated Mark Cavendish: ‘What a f**king legend’; Tour de France, stage 4 recap; Etixx-QuickStep before, after stage 3; Between stages with Giant-Alpecin; Cavendish waiting for photo finish results; Kittel exhausted

Doug Ryder on a rejuvenated Mark Cavendish: ‘What a f**king legend’

by Dave Everett

Given he had 26 stage wins to his name before this year’s Tour de France, it was something of a surprise that Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) came into the race as a slight underdog to sprint rivals Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) and Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep).

But three stages into this year’s race Cavendish has silenced the naysayers, racking up two wins and equalling Bernard Hinault’s tally of 28 Tour stage wins in the process. The Manxman’s success has thrilled his team principal, Doug Ryder.

“It’s not suppose to happen to us, I mean this is amazing, it’s unbelievable,” Ryder told CyclingTips. “What a f**king legend, Cav. Ohh, love his work. Unbelievable. Now I mean the guy is all-time second in [Tour de France] sprints.”

But what factors are coming into play when it comes to these two wins? Is this the simple resurgence of the Cav of old, a Cav we’ve not seen for a few seasons? And what is the impact of the fact Cav is now racing for more than just a brand? Bernhard Eisel is a rider Cavendish had a close working and personal relationship with at HTC and Sky, and in 2016 the pair have been reunited. Eisel suggests that friendships such as these have contributed to the team’s successes so far in the Tour.

“I think it is the chemistry. It is just a really good mix of people,” Eisel said. “I know that not everybody can help us in a bunch sprint. But the other group with Edvald Boasson Hagen, [Mark] Renshaw, me. Reiny [Reinardt Janse van Rensburg] is new, but the rest — we know each other for many years. We know how to do it but at the same time the pressure is on and we can handle the pressure pretty well at the moment. It is always easy when you have Mark Cavendish in such good form.”

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