In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Valverde wins his fourth Liege-Bastogne-Liege, dedicates victory to Scarponi; Anna van der Breggen secures Ardennes triple at Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Vincenzo Nibali wins the Tour of Croatia; Astana mourns the loss of Michele Scarponi; Astana decide to start Liege-Bastogne-Liege despite Scarponi tragedy; How not to finish second; Barbed wire stretched across Cheshire trail; Chinese cyclist hit by three cars to be charged by police; Michele Scarponi tribute video.
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The Melton CiCLE Classic is seen as the UK’s answer to the cobbled classics, and yesterday’s 2017 edition of the UCI 1.2 event was taken out by Daniel Fleeman from local team Metaltek-Kuota. The 34-year-old bridged across to lone leader Hayden McCormick (One Pro Cycling) late in the race, before outsprinting his more fancied rival.
It was McCormick’s reaction, however, that drew the most attention.
Disgraceful Behaviour. pic.twitter.com/OwrlcMZu2p
— Adam Blythe (@AdamBlythe89) April 23, 2017
“With a few kilometres remaining he said to me ‘are you going to sprint?’,” Fleeman said. “But I thought he said to me ‘can you sprint?’ and I responded ‘no’ because I can’t but with 300 metres to go I jumped. I don’t know what he thought I was going to do as it’s the biggest one-day race in the country, of course I’m going to sprint.”
One Pro Cycling released a statement apologising for McCormick’s behaviour:
“On behalf of the team we would like to apologise to the race organisers, Dan Fleeman and the Metaltek-Kuota team and all cycling fans and supporters for any offence caused. This behaviour will not be tolerated and the matter is being dealt with very seriously.”
Follow the link to read more at Cycling Weekly.