Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 11, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Giro d’Italia: Ulissi soloes to victory on stage four, Dumoulin recaptures Maglia Rosa; Pendleton denies Sutton’s claims of support towards her; Team Sky supporting Sergio Henao with anti-doping case; 21 year-old Dutch rider dies after heart attacks; FDJ boss defends Démare amid Milan-San Remo cheating accusations; Geniez fined for Giro dust-up, abandons after second crash; the conflict of starting Grand Tours afar; Garmin shifts to sponsor multiple cycling teams; video: The ultimate show of teamwork; video: Anatomy of a sprint stage

FDJ boss defends Démare Milan-San Remo amid cheating accusations resurface

by CyclingTips

New evidence is surfacing regarding allegations that Milan-San Remo winner Arnaud Démare held onto a team vehicle following a late-race crash, which enabled him to contend for the win while others involved in the incident were not.

Milano - Sanremo WT 2016

Tinkoff’s Matteo Tosatto spoke with the Italian Cycling Federation saying that the Démare was illegally assisted.

FDJ boss Marc Madiot has responded, saying that, “From the moment the commissioners of the UCI, the recognized arbiters, validate the outcome of the race, it is closed,” he told CyclingPro. “The next day, Arnaud Démare kindly [showed] the Strava data from the race. I say kindly because he did not have to — that demonstrated that he never rode at 80 km/h [on the] Cipressa.”

Madiot also said that a French bias is responsible for the continuing allegations.

“I think some people have trouble believing the idea that a French rider on a French team can win a Monument like Milan-San Remo. I think if it were the same situation with a rider of a foreign team, there would not be all these stories.”

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