Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 14, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Crosswinds wreak havoc! Sagan wins Tour de France stage 11, Froome extends lead; Gaviria makes it two-for-two in Poland; Prudhomme: The wind was 104 km/h, Ventoux is impossible; Matthews’ long road to Tour de France success: ‘I was almost giving up on this race’; Flamme rouge incident malicious?; The Secret Pro at the 2016 Tour de France: Sky is conserving, Cav is back, and squabbles in the gruppetto; Meet Megan Guarnier: women’s cycling’s new leader; Romain Bardet says new generation taking over in cycling; Prudhomme calls for fans to respect riders; Driver targets, hits cyclist in UK; Tour of Alberta announces route; What leads amateurs to dope?; Person of interest sought in tack incident; Tour de France, stage 11 recap; Tour de France, stage 10 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 10; Storm on the Ventoux

Meet Megan Guarnier: women’s cycling’s new leader

by VeloClub

After winning the Giro Rosa last week, US champion Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) is sitting atop the UCI world ranking, becoming the first American to ever lead. But she will not be truly content until she has Olympic gold.

Here is an excerpt from the feature:

“I am feeling many things,” Guarnier told Ella CyclingTips. “First, I don’t feel any different, I feel like the same Megan who is putting in the work and the hard hours and still making the sacrifices. At the same time, when I take a step back and look at how far I have come and remember that Megan who experienced her first European races in 2008, I feel incredibly proud.”

Guarnier’s success has been a long time coming and one that can be attributed to steady progression.

Guarnier got her first taste of European racing in 2008 when she came to the spring classics with Team USA and experienced anything but a breakout performance.

“I only finished maybe a handful of races. I was getting dropped,” she recalled. “I could have thrown up my hands and given up but instead it inspired me. After that block, I came home and just worked. I choose to take the next step to push myself and move outside of my comfort zone.”

By 2010 Guarnier had secured herself a pro contract with the American team Tibco. Two years later, she earned her first of what would become three national road race titles in five years, as well as a spot on the Dutch Rabobank team alongside Marianne Vos.

Click through to read more at CyclingTips.