Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 2, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Drucker takes home soil victory on stage 1 of Skoda Tour of Luxembourg, grabs race lead; Froome says Giro d’Italia ride means Quintana is not a major rival for Tour; Bahrain-Merida bikes stolen prior to Hammer Series race; Chaves returning to racing at Critérium du Dauphiné, Yates to lead Orica-Scott team; Dowset on Hammer Series: ‘Tactically, everything we know becomes secondary. This is new territory’; Hayman: ‘Teams are going to have to be thinking on their feet’; Team Sky unveils new kit for 2017 Tour de France; Gaviria and the other best stage-winning Grand Tour debuts; Fortuneo – Vital Concept sponsors set to split prior to Tour de France; Young British time triallist Joe Guy killed in collision with van; Video: Robbie McEwen previews the inaugural Hammer Series race; Video: Inside HED Cycling; Video: Ten – The BC Bike Race Movie; Video: Tour Series 2017 – Round 9, Durham

Gaviria and the other best stage-winning Grand Tour debuts

by CyclingTips

Fernando Gaviria’s achievement in winning four stages in the Giro d’Italia was remarkable: not just because of the success, but also because it was his Grand Tour debut. The 22-year-old marked himself out as one of the top young talents in the sport, and looks destined to go on to very big things.

But who are his predecessors in this feat? Irish Peloton has written about the riders who took at least four stage wins in their first Grand Tour. Including Gaviria, there are ten in all. The most recent was Fons de Wolf in the 1979 Vuelta a España.

Here’s an excerpt:

For riders of any nationality, having a career which coincided with the all-conquering Eddy Merckx was an unfortunate hand to be dealt. Faced with such an insatiable winning machine could not have been easy. This was particularly true for other Belgians who would constantly be compared to Merckx – and of course there was no comparison.

But spare a thought also for the generation of Belgians whose careers began just as Merckx’s was coming to an end. The search immediately began for the next-Eddy Merckx. The door was open for another Belgian to take over world cycling and there was no shortage of candidates ready to be overhyped.

In 1979, the prime candidate was Alfons de Wolf, or Fons de Wolf as he was better known.

Click through to Irish Peloton to read more about this, de Wolf’s career and why he didn’t build on that early promise.