Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 14, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Crosswinds wreak havoc! Sagan wins Tour de France stage 11, Froome extends lead; Gaviria makes it two-for-two in Poland; Prudhomme: The wind was 104 km/h, Ventoux is impossible; Matthews’ long road to Tour de France success: ‘I was almost giving up on this race’; Flamme rouge incident malicious?; The Secret Pro at the 2016 Tour de France: Sky is conserving, Cav is back, and squabbles in the gruppetto; Meet Megan Guarnier: women’s cycling’s new leader; Romain Bardet says new generation taking over in cycling; Prudhomme calls for fans to respect riders; Driver targets, hits cyclist in UK; Tour of Alberta announces route; What leads amateurs to dope?; Person of interest sought in tack incident; Tour de France, stage 11 recap; Tour de France, stage 10 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 10; Storm on the Ventoux

Flamme rouge incident malicious?

by CyclingTips

Following the incident of the flamme rouge inflatable collapsing during stage seven of the Tour de France, the ASO initially said that a spectator’s belt caught and unplugged the power cable to the generator that powered the inflation of the structure. However, a new report says that it may have been an intentional action that caused it to collapse.

“If the generator fails or loses power, it wouldn’t deflate that quickly. We have had a generator fail before and still managed to keep similar structures up,” an employee, who wished to remain nameless, told Cyclist.

The official explanation originated out of one spectator, but the employee believes it would take removal of a pin to cause the structure to collapse so quickly and that none of the employees saw anything wrong with the power.

There were also rumors that farmers in the region were not happy about Tour de France running through their area.

“We have believed for a while that there should be more security around the flamme rouge,” the employee said.

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