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by Shane Stokes
August 9, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Küng wins stage two time trial at the BinckBank Tour; Report: top squads look set to miss world team time trial championships; Kwiatkowski signs on for three more years with Team Sky; Under pressure from USADA, Colorado Classic abandons partnership with Armstrong; Vuelta pays tribute to career of Contador; Report: Trek-Segafredo aiming to replace Contador with Aru; UAE Team Emirates extends with Marcato, Conti and five others; Lingering effects of concussion force Dunbar to end season early; OVO Energy Tour of Britain confirms teams for 2017 edition; CAS confirms UCI’s four year suspension of Oyarzun; Research shows huge health benefits of commuting by bike; Eskapee’s rules for mountain bike riding; Video: Tony Martin falls during BinckBank Tour TT; Video: Tony Martin speaks after his crash; Video: Viviani skilfully avoids time trial fall in BinckBank Tour; Video: Peter Sagan celebrates Monday’s sprint win
Swiss rider Stefan Küng emerged best in a washed out time trial on day two of the BinckBank Tour, beating Tour de France stage winner Maciej Bodnar (Bora-hansgrohe) by four seconds and Giro d’Italia champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) by five.
“It was a really difficult parcours,” he said of the nine kilometre course in Voorburg. “Even when I went out, the roads were wet, and it was raining slightly, and there was a lot of tricky corners, and we saw that a few guys crashed. You had to be focused, and there were about 20 turns. You had to remember which turn to take in which way and without an intermediate check point it was all out until the end.
“When I saw I had the best time, I knew I had beaten good riders like Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Maciej Bodnar (Bora – hansgrohe) and Jos Van Emden (Team Lotto-NLJumbo) but you never know. You just have to hope that you still have the best time at the end.”
Believing that the conditions would get progressively worse, the team elected to send Küng off early on. This proved to be an important decision; many others fell, including world time trial champion Tony Martin (Katusha). Race leader Peter Sagan went off last and used his technical ability to record a solid time, finishing 25 seconds back in 18th.
“I think I had a good result under such tough weather conditions,” he said. “It is never easy to race when the conditions aren’t the same for everybody but, of course, there is nothing we can do, it’s part of a time trial.” He slips to eighth overall, with Küng now into the jersey. Bodnar and Dumoulin are at four and five seconds respectively, with Sagan’s time bonus from winning stage one putting him at 15 seconds.