Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 13, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Michael Matthews takes first career Tour de France stage win, Froome retains GC lead; Etixx-QuickStep owns Tour of Poland opener; After failed appeal, Australian women’s road cycling team for Rio finalised; Oleg Tinkov having second thoughts about quitting cycling; Contador to miss Rio Olympics after medical review, hoping to start Vuelta; Report: Contador to Trek-Segafredo in 2017; BMC’s Bookwalter ‘relieved’ to reach first rest day of Tour de France; U.S. Government calls Lance Armstrong ‘a doper, dealer, and liar’ in court motion; A look inside Team Sky’s budget; How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 6-9; Tour de France, stage 10 recap; Tour de France 2016: Batteries recharged; 11 bottles for Adam Hansen in less than 30 seconds. A new world record?; Life on the Tour: CyclingTips 2016 Tour de France Vlog, part 2; Mini-team Sky on recovery

Etixx-QuickStep owns Tour of Poland opener

by Mark Zalewski

Davide Martinelli (Etixx-QuickStep) won the opening stage of the Tour of Poland in the capital of Warsaw, with a bold last-kilometre solo attack. This is the first WorldTour win for the Italian neo-pro.

A unique finish in the capital saw a 360-degree uphill cobbled ramp about 1.2km from the finish that would seem more out of a parking garage, if it were not so beautifully ornate. Putting on a show for the home crowd, Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) attacked on it and strung out the peloton with Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep) going away with him.

The pair had a small gap at the top and there seemed to be confusion as to what to do next. Kwiatowski and Stybar looked at each other and eventually a couple other riders joined them, including Stybar’s teammate Davide Martinelli and BMC’s Philippe Gilbert. Again the group spent more time assessing the situation, not wanting to blink first.

Finally, the only team with two riders at the front, Etixx-QuickStep’s Martinelli attacked solo as Stybar waited for the others to chase. But with full commitment and a twisty finish, Martinelli stayed away for the final 800 metres to take the win.

Adding to their spoils, Etixx-QuickStep’s Fernando Gaviria took the sprint for second ahead of Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange) with Stybar making it three out-of-five in fourth place.

Stage 1: Radzymin > Warsaw - Stage Result

Tuesday 12th July 2016

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Etixx - Quick Step
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GAVIRIA Fernando
Etixx - Quick Step
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EWAN Caleb