Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 23, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Sunderland wins Tour de Langkawi opener; Geniez wins second stage at Tour de la Provence, Dennis in lead; Nocentini wins Volta ao Alentejo, stage 1; UK Sport accuses British Cycling of lack of transparency; Armstrong responds to lawsuit setback; ORICA-Scott reveal Grand Tour strategy; Nationale Sluitingsprijs race gets new life; CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 27: What lurks beneath carbon fiber’s mysterious surface?; Look recalls some Aerostem clamps; Witnesses allege drunk driver who killed cyclist lied to get lighter sentence; Female cyclist gets revenge on harassing driver; Highlights from Cali Track World Cup; Video: Lotto-Soudal pit stop; Video: Dog vs. peloton; Yowamushi Pedals movie.

Geniez wins second stage at Tour de la Provence, Dennis in lead

by Mark Zalewski

Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) won the second stage of the Tour de la Provence out of a four rider breakaway that formed in the finale and just survived to the finish by four seconds. Rohan Dennis (BMC) came in second ahead of Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) and Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates). With the result Dennis moves into the overall lead.

“During the Tour du Haut-Var, I already had the feeling that the legs were really there,” said Geniez. “And even if on paper the Tour de Provence doesn’t look very hard, it is important to create opportunities and then take advantage of them. I have never won so early in any season, so this is a great satisfaction.

The early break consisted of Flavien Dassonville (HP BTP-Auber 93) Paul Sauvage (France) Danilo Celano (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP) and Adriano Brogi (GM Europe Ovini). Jérémy Roy (FDJ) later bridged across to make it five. However, the hilly parcours took its toll on the break and after climbing the Petit Galibier only Roy, Brogi and Dassonville remained, with the peloton closing in fast.

The break was caught with 28km to go. Into the finish a group of five escaped off the front with Mohoric trying to go solo. That attempt was neutralised and Geniez came to the line with the fastest sprint out of the group.

“There is still one stage, and though initially it looks pretty much tailored to the puncheurs, we will do everything we can to try and win the overall,” said Geniez. “Rohan Denis is certainly no pushover, but we will do everything we can to make it happen.”

Stage 2: Miramas > La Ciotat - Stage Result

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

1. fr
GENIEZ Alexandre
AG2R La Mondiale
2. au
BMC Racing Team
3. fr
EDET Nicolas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits