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by Mark Zalewski
August 9, 2016
In Tuesday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Morton wins Tour of Utah in stunning finale; Bujak wins Route de France stage 1; Annemiek van Vleuten OK but disappointed after horrific crash in women’s Olympic road race; With Tour of Utah winner Lachlan Morton, there’s more than meets the eye; Lucinda Brand signs with Liv-Plantur; Frank to AG2R La Mondiale for two years; Successful surgery for Nibali; Henao ordered to rest in lieu of surgery after Rio crash; Ironman Boulder athlete killed by vehicle during cycling leg of race; Military explodes suspicious bag at finish during men’s road race; Researchers studying cycling to speed intensive care recovery; Tour of Utah recap video; Bike commuter nearly crashes out breakaway
The Brazilian military carried out a controlled explosion near the Copacabana finish line of the men’s road cycling race on Saturday, witnesses said. The explosion stunned crowds gathering for the end of the race, though the leaders were still about 100 kilometres from the finish of the race.
“You hear all these terrible things about how it is going to be and then you get here and it seems fine,” said Lorie Schmetterling, who is staying nearby to where they explosion occurred as she watches her daughter compete in rowing events. “Then this happens and you feel it, you go on high alert again.”
Bomb squads have detonated several unattended bags in controlled explosions around Rio amid high security for the start of the Games. A security source told Reuters that officials were particularly concerned about this bag because it was close to the Russian hospitality site.
This detonation followed one of another unattended bag near the same spot on Friday evening during the opening ceremony for the Games.
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