Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 1, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mareczko wins second Langkawi stage sprint; Hurel wins La Tropicale Amissa Bongo stage 2; Is Specialized pressuring riders to use disc brakes? Yes and no; Professional Cyclists Association sends legal warning to UCI over disc brakes; Pauline Ferrand-Prévot to race on the road, starting at Strade Bianche; Debate over proposal to reduce Grand Tour team sizes ongoing; Boonen alters race plan due to illness, crashes; Iranian Team Pishgaman suspended for multiple doping positives; 2018 Tour de France Grand Départ announced; Lotto-Soudal to be Lotto-Fix ALL for Paris-Nice; Tour de Langkawi, stage 6 highlights; Video: UCI Track World Cup Los Angeles highlights; Video: Paris-Nice teaser; Peter Sagan downs gummy bears post-race.

Mareczko wins second Langkawi stage sprint

by Mark Zalewski

Italian Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina) became the first rider to win two stages at this year’s Le Tour de Langkawi, winning a rain soaked field sprint ahead of Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) and Andrea Palini Androni (Giocattoli – Sidermec).

Courtesy: Tour de Langkawi

“I put my team at the front in the final kilometres with [Filippo] Pozzato, [Alberto] Cecchin and [Rafael] Andriato to lead me out,” Mareczko said. “There was a curve with 400 metres to go. Cecchin took it in first position. After Andriato’s last pull, I opened my sprint.

“It feels very good to get a second stage win. I’m very happy today. After winning a stage, my goal this year was to get the points jersey. Now I have it and I hope to defend it tomorrow by trying to get another first place. I’m hoping for a sunny day to conclude Le Tour de Langkawi after the pouring rain we’ve had today.”

With the win Mareczko moves into the lead of the points competition while Dimension Data’s Ryan Gibbons, fifth on the stage, retains the yellow jersey heading into the final stage.

“My priority was to retain the yellow jersey”, said Gibbons. “It was nice to have the [points jersey] as well but Mareczko is a top quality rider. He’s fast! I was feeling very good today but I was cautious on the wet. It was easy to go down. Just stay upright and out of trouble, that was my concern.”

Stage 7: Melaka > Rembau - Stage Result

Tuesday 28th February 2017

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