Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 16, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Rafal Majka wins stage 2 at the Amgen Tour of California, takes overall lead; Quintana: It will be difficult to keep the Maglia Rosa in the Giro time trial; Dumoulin relishes Giro TT, wants to gain as much time as possible on Quintana before next mountains; Landa to continue in Giro d’Italia after all-clear given; Vinokourov calls for corruption case to be dismissed; Giro d’Italia race director defends police motorcyclists after stage 9 crash; Giro d’Italia sends ‘signal of hope and solidarity’ to those affected by Italian earthquakes; Felline inks new one year contract extension with Trek-Segafredo; BMC Racing Team promotes Van Hooydonck to WorldTour level; Trek-Segafredo riders highlighting visibility during Giro d’Italia TT stages; Aqua Blue Sport rider says airline destroyed his bike; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 9 Pre Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 9 Post Race; Bram Tankink goes wild on Giro rest day; Cannondale-Drapac gets cartoon treatment en route to the Amgen Tour of California

Giro d’Italia race director defends police motorcyclists after stage 9 crash

by VeloClub

Although many have been critical of the police motorcyclist who played a major role in the crash which destroyed the Giro d’Italia GC hopes of riders such as Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) plus Team Sky’s Mikel Landa and Geraint Thomas, race director Mauro Vegni has urged people to see the bigger picture.

“I do not want this episode to ruin the work that the police have been doing for many years, thinking only about the safety of riders,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

He then sought to explain the circumstances behind the crash, although he didn’t exonerate the motorbike driver from blame. “In stages like this there are many bunches behind and the policeman was waiting to cover and protect them,” he said.

“Perhaps it was an error of judgement to stop where he did, on a narrow section of road. He could have perhaps pulled over 100m further on.”

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