Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 22, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Froome beats Dumoulin to win Tour de France TT as podium battle tightens; Rivera wins final stage as Cecchini claims overall at Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt; Gidich takes second stage win at Tour of Qinghai Lake; BMC leadership questions answered: Porte seeks Tour de France podium, Van Garderen into support role; Stats and storytelling: how Dimension Data is breaking down the Tour de France; Froome in control, but behind, five riders in contention for podium finish in Paris; How Mark Cavendish got his Tour de France mojo back; Young cyclist talks about team pressures to dope; Tour de France Tech: The new FSA electronic groupset; Archbold suffered through crashing to finish Tour stage; A Day On The Side of The Road; Scientists take a fresh look at what makes a bike stable; Tour de France, stage 18 recap; Tour de France, stage 17 on-board highlights; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 4 highlights; Sondre Hols Enger ‘celebrates’ on the team bus; The absolutely most-epic mountain bike video ever!

How Mark Cavendish got his Tour de France mojo back

by VeloClub

He won’t dispute stage win number five in Paris, but Mark Cavendish’s 2016 Tour campaign was nevertheless a blazing success. How did a rider who seemed to be slowing turn the clock back five years?

Shane Stokes takes a look at how the Manx Missile regained its trajectory. Here is an excerpt:

Brian Smith was, until earlier this year, the general manager of MTN Qhubeka. He had been brought on board by team owner Douglas Ryder in 2014 and was instrumental in the signings which helped the team secure a WorldTour licence for 2016.

Perhaps the most important of those was Mark Cavendish. Smith said he first spoke to him at last year’s Tour of Turkey. A deal was soon hammered out, with the Qhubeka charity one of the factors that attracted Cavendish. Months later, the rider attended team training camps and the gelling began. Smith said that he had a clear philosophy which resonated with the Manxman.

“Sometimes you need to take a step back. With riders like Steve Cummings, Serge Pauwels, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Mark Cavendish, you have to be able to take a step back and not keep pushing, pushing, pushing,” he told CyclingTips. “You get to know the person, get to know what they want to do. Allow them the freedom.

“I have got a three letter word that I introduced to Team MTN Qhubeka last year. It is fun. And the F for fun means freedom. It is the freedom to do what you want.”

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