Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 7, 2016

Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Bouhanni punches through to take Dauphine field sprint; Opie wins second stage at Tour of Korea; Porte seeks Tour leadership at Dauphiné;  Hepburn returning focus back to the track for Rio; Canadian cycling legend Jocelyn Lovell passes away; Paul Lew joins EDCO Engineering; Cyclist dies after collision with London bus; Specialized Foundation to fund research about exercise effects on ADHD; Recap: Critérium du Dauphiné stage 1; An Post Ras with Neon Velo; On-board video from Dauphiné prologue; Anatomy of a bike throw

Hepburn returning focus back to the track for Rio

by CyclingTips

Australian track world champion Michael Hepburn spent the month of May burying himself in the mountains of the Giro d’Italia, working tirelessly for Orica-GreenEdge teammate Esteban Chaves in the Colombian’s pursuit of the Maglia Rosa. Following that he is transitioning into training for the velodrome at the Rio Olympics, now only a couple of months away.


“They are coming quick. The last four years has flown by,” Hepburn told Cyclingnews.

“I knew for while that this year was going to be a big year, combining [track and road] … and with the Olympics [as] the biggest goal of all. But in a race like the Giro – and when you are suffering away – it’s great to have a guy like Esteban who is fighting for the overall position. It really helps the head and it does make it a lot easier and able to do your job.”

“Physically it is a massive road block – a massive strength block,” Hepburn said of the Giro and its implications on his preparations for Rio. “You need that base, and after that you can freshen up and start to work on the intensity.”

The 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the team pursuit will again team up with Jack Bobridge, who also raced the Giro, as they look for gold. “We have had the same preparation and spent a lot of time together in the last couple of months, and will be in the next couple of months. We have got some good work done and I look forward to the next few months,” Hepburn said.

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