Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 15, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins Tour of Oman opener; US judge denies Armstrong request, federal whistleblower case headed to jury trial; Tramadol: Why Some Athletes and Experts Want It Banned; Boonen crashes in Oman, okay to start second stage; Chris Hoy: Cycling needs a shake up; Three Days De Panne-Koksijde signs 10 year agreement with events company Golazo; Gent-Wevelgem announces final teams; Merckx: Tour of Qatar unlikely for 2018; Hennie Kuiper searching for infamous photographer; Wout van Aert tops prize money list; Crash in amateur race after elbows thrown; Behind the scenes making a carbon frame; Film: To The Night.

Kristoff wins Tour of Oman opener

by CyclingTips

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) took the win on the opening stage of the Tour of Oman in a field sprint ahead of Kristian Sbaragli (Dimension Data) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida).

The breakaway consisted of Larry Warbasse (Aqua Blue Sport), Alan Marangoni (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Giuseppe Fonzi (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia), Aimé De Gendt (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), and Christophe Masson (LA Vera Classic AquaProtect).

Everyone looked to Katusha-Alpecin with sprint favourite Kristoff to do the work and they obliged, limiting the break to a maximum gap of little more than three minutes.

“Of course, all in the peloton looked at us, as we were the favourites with me as one of the best sprinters, so we had to take control of the race from the beginning,” said Kristoff. “Quick Step helped and later on also Sunweb. Our team did an amazing job. In the end they all contributed for the lead-out. We knew the finish from last year and knew that we had to come to the front a little bit late, especially because of the straight road and the head wind. We waited in the bunch quite a long time.

“Just in the end, with 300 meters to go, we hit the front. It was still tough with the head wind, but our lead-out was perfect. Marco Haller and Michael Mørkøv were the last guys to bring me to the ideal position but also Nils Politt helped a lot. I am proud of this team. Already in Bessèges we showed to have a good group. This is a great feeling. I hope we can continue this way.”

Stage 1: Al Sawadi Beach > Naseem Park - Stage Result

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