Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 3, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Degenkolb wins rough and tumble Dubai sprint; Damien Howson takes Sun Tour lead with solo victory on Falls Creek; Kristoff fires back with win at Etoile de Bessèges, stage 2; Tony Martin solos to win at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Stuyven forging his own path despite past comparisons with Classics kings; Grivko punches Kittel amidst tense crosswinds in Dubai; Should welfare come before winning?; Canyon coming to the US market by summer; Judge rules against lawsuit over Dekker’s tell-all book; Pair recreates 1928 Aussie-Kiwi Tour de France ride in documentary; Cadel Evans joins ride for veterans with PTSD; Video: Crosswinds wreak havoc in Dubai; Skoda ad features career of Bradley Wiggins.

Kristoff fires back with win at Etoile de Bessèges, stage 2

by CyclingTips

After finishing second on the opening stage of Etoile de Bessèges, Katusha-Alpecin sprinter Alexander Kristoff took the win in the second stage field sprint, and along with the win takes over the race lead. Rudy Barbier (AG2R La Mondiale) finished second ahead of stage one winner Arnaud Démare (FDJ).

The main break of the day consisted of Fabien Grellier (Direct Energy), Anthony Maldonado (HP EDP-Auber 93), Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (An Post-Chain Reaction), Quentin Jauregui (AG2R La Mondiale) and Preben Van Hecke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise). The group only gained three minutes on the peloton and were easily managed by the sprinter’s teams.

However, strong crosswinds did wreak some havoc on the peloton, with echelons causing two splits as Katusha-Alpecin drove the pace. Near the end 22 riders remained in the front group including Kristoff.

The bonus seconds on the line were enough to give Kristoff the overall lead. The race turns to a hilly stage tomorrow so a change in the lead is possible.

“Can I still win a stage? I think that’s possible,” said Kristoff. “Tomorrow  has a lot of difficult hills, but if the race goes at my own pace, it’s possible. The next day we can hope for a sprint again. This is my first race of the season and that winning a stage is already satisfactory. If I can win one more, it will be a bonus.”

Stage 2: Nîmes > Rodilhan - Stage Result

Thursday 2nd February 2017

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KRISTOFF Alexander
Team Katusha - Alpecin
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AG2R La Mondiale
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DéMARE Arnaud