Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 22, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Froome beats Dumoulin to win Tour de France TT as podium battle tightens; Rivera wins final stage as Cecchini claims overall at Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt; Gidich takes second stage win at Tour of Qinghai Lake; BMC leadership questions answered: Porte seeks Tour de France podium, Van Garderen into support role; Stats and storytelling: how Dimension Data is breaking down the Tour de France; Froome in control, but behind, five riders in contention for podium finish in Paris; How Mark Cavendish got his Tour de France mojo back; Young cyclist talks about team pressures to dope; Tour de France Tech: The new FSA electronic groupset; Archbold suffered through crashing to finish Tour stage; A Day On The Side of The Road; Scientists take a fresh look at what makes a bike stable; Tour de France, stage 18 recap; Tour de France, stage 17 on-board highlights; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 4 highlights; Sondre Hols Enger ‘celebrates’ on the team bus; The absolutely most-epic mountain bike video ever!

Froome in control, but behind, five riders in contention for podium finish in Paris

by Neal Rogers

Barring injury, illness, or an ill-timed mechanical incident, Chris Froome has won the 2016 Tour de France.

The defending champion took the maillot jaune on Stage 8 in Bagnères-de-Luchon, and has only increased his GC lead since then. Team Sky’s leader now sits 2:27 ahead of Dutch rider Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), and that margin will likely increase after Thursday’s uphill time trial on Stage 18.

And while the race for the overall victory at this year’s Tour has been anticlimactic — Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) crashed on the opening stage, and was never a factor, while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has not been at his best — the battle for the final podium in Paris is still wide open with three demanding days in the Alps remaining.

Removing Froome from the picture, this is where the next-best five riders sit on the general classification.

  1. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)
  2. Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange), at 0:26
  3. Nairo Quintana (Movistar), at 1:00
  4. Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), at 1:48
  5. Richie Porte (BMC Racing), at 2:00

What’s most important, however, is the direction each man is trending after 17 days of hard racing.

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