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by Mark Zalewski
January 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Costa wins in mountains, Mollema moves into lead at Vuelta a San Juan; Gaviria doubles wins in Vuelta a San Juan, stage 4; Wellens makes it two for Lotto-Soudal at Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana; Hidden motor inventor says he received $2 million in 1998 for exclusivity deal; “I can’t get my head around it:” Cavendish says worlds result still hard to understand; Women’s cyclocross worlds: the highly anticipated finale to a stellar season; Trek CXC Cup elevated to World Cup status, will offer equal payout for men’s and women’s events; UCI releases 2017-18 cyclocross calendar, changes to World Cup; Vuillermoz out with back injury after car crash; Philadelphia Classic cancelled for 2017; Irvine’s racing return delayed due to UCI testing pool requirements; Cylance sponsors The Women’s Tour and The Tour of Britain; Drunk driver given 10 days in jail for killing cyclist; USA Cycling partners with Bike Law; Indoor velodrome planned for Detroit; Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race trailer; Video: Amateur was predicted to beat world champ at 2016 Trek CX Cup.
Months after the Qatar world championships, Mark Cavendish has said that he rues the outcome of the race, believing that bad luck cost him a second rainbow jersey. The Briton won the worlds in 2011 and was in prime shape for the Qatar race, which was run off on a flat, fast and wind-buffeted course. He made it into the decisive selection but, after the sprint opened, had to back off momentarily as he was hemmed in. He was then able to get through but was unable to regain the lost ground to Peter Sagan, who took his second consecutive rainbow jersey. Speaking at the recent Dimension Data training camp in Calpe, Spain, Cavendish admitted that he has struggled to accept the result.
“The worlds…I still haven’t watched that. I think…I don’t ever think I will,” he said.
“I still think I did everything right. I was just unlucky. Sometimes you get unlucky, sometimes you get lucky. It is easy to think that Sagan does the right thing, but in my eyes he got lucky.
“He will never say it because he is Sagan and he is one of the greatest bike riders that ever lived, but I think the circumstances were relevant to him winning the worlds last year. The circumstances that happened in the final…you can never predict. You can predict maybe the left gets blocked, you can predict maybe the right opens. They shouldn’t happen, it is a one in a thousand chance, but for the two to happen at the same time…on that finish, it never happens, so I can’t get my head around it.
“In my eyes, it was just the circumstances.”
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