Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 9, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Alaphilippe wins Paris-Nice time trial, takes over lead; BMC wins Tirreno-Adriatico TTT opener; Q&A with Axel Merckx: Team’s exclusion from California is ‘unfortunate for development of US cycling’; Froome declines to support Brailsford; Three Sky riders break front wheels in Tirreno-Adriatico TTT, dashing GC plans; Sagan shows up at Tirreno-Adriatico with thumb wrapped; Groenewegen upset over Paris-Nice performance; Gent-Wevelgem to honour Antoine Demoitié; Christian Prudhomme: ASO backs the MPCC; Video shows baggage handlers tossing bike cases from EasyJet plane; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 4 highlights; 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico stage 1 highlights; The Pioneer 2017 highlights.

Groenewegen upset over Paris-Nice performance

by CyclingTips

Dutch champion Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) is not happy with his sprint performance so far at Paris-Nice, especially on stage three when he crashed at 3.5km to go after his lead-out took the wrong side of a roundabout and was unable to take the curve at high speed.

“Of course I’m angry,” he told Cycling Flash. “We talked through these things in advance. We saw images, discussed which side we want to ride and how to take roundabouts. Taking the roundabout on the left was a very expensive mistake. And that can not happen if you put in so much time. That fault lies with us as a sprint train.

“The most important lesson for the next time is that everyone is one hundred percent sure how to take the final run-in. We had gone through it, but I think it’s for the whole sprint train to know the night before what to expect!

“We are a good team, but these mistakes we must not make.”

Groenewegen came away from the crash with a few abrasions, but also said he felt some problems with his ribs and back.

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