Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 6, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Aru claims Stage 5 victory at Tour de France, Froome into yellow; Lotta Lepistö wins hot and hard-fought Stage 6 at Giro Rosa; Viviani takes second sprint win in Austria, Vanmarcke remains in GC lead; Porte on first Tour de France summit: ‘I expected a little more, but there’s a long way to go’; Dan Martin ‘satisfied, very confident’ after moving into fourth on GC at Tour de France; Sagan heads home as UCI jury holds firm on Tour de France expulsion; Riders and managers react to Sagan’s Tour de France expulsion; Guardian: ‘Something mesmeric’ about Dave Brailsford’s ‘total lack of regret’; Route for 20th edition of Santos Tour Down Under announced, with return to Port Adelaide; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 5 highlights; Video: Puppy on a bike ride thinks it’s pedaling.

Guardian: ‘Something mesmeric’ about Dave Brailsford’s ‘total lack of regret’

by CyclingTips

In a scathing editorial published Wednesday by The Guardian, columnist Marina Hyde contends that Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford “does not appear to have moderated his public persona one iota,” after contending with allegations of dubious practices and discrimination at Team Sky and British Cycling under his leadership. Rather, she writes, “he seems to have amplified it.”

“At some level, you have to admire Dave’s ability to act like the deeply troubling revelations of the past nine months never happened. Even so, his own house didn’t seem to be in a whole lot of order, from the accusations Team Sky’s use of therapeutic use exemptions was tactical to the contents of that Jiffy Bag that was couriered by a British Cycling coach all the way to Bradley Wiggins just before the 2011 Critérium de Dauphiné. If only UK Anti-Doping were as insouciant as Dave. Yet it is still investigating Team Sky’s medical practices, having declined to just accept their explanations for the Wiggins parcel. If Sir Dave is remotely contrite, he hides it brilliantly.”

“I don’t know whether anyone has run the numbers on the effect of Team Sky effectively being under collective suspicion of cheating for nine months but at some point it would be intriguing to hear the science behind it having had apparently no impact on their performance. Or the pseudoscience, if that’s not available. In the meantime, I suppose we must prepare ourselves for further overweening displays from Sir Dave as the hubris stage of his story continues to long outstay its welcome.”

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