Nibali’s Lombardia; Bakelants breaks seven ribs: CT Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

October 9, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali wins Il Lombardia; Matteo Trentin victorious at Paris-Tours; Matej Mohoric wins the inaugural Hong Kong Challenge; Bakelants, Petilli, Martinez injured after crashing into ravine at Il Lombardia; Nacer Bouhanni apologises for Paris-Bourges altercation with Rudy Barbier; Cameron Meyer’s road (and track) to the Commonwealth Games; Kathrin Hammes completes 2018 Drops Cycling roster; Number of pedestrians fatally or seriously injured by cyclists has doubled since 2006; Stray oBikes being crushed by City of Melbourne; Danny MacAskill to feature in BBC documentary on the human body.

Nacer Bouhanni apologises for Paris-Bourges altercation with Rudy Barbier

by Matt de Neef

Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) has taken to social media to apologise for an outburst directed at Paris-Bourges winner Rudy Barbier (Ag2r La Mondiale) on Friday.

Fan video of the finish of the French one-day race shows Bouhanni and Barbier having to be held apart after Barbier won the race in a sprint.

Bouhanni felt that Barbier had acted dangerously in the lead-up to the bunch kick.

“I reacted emotionally at the finish of Paris-Bourges,” Bouhanni said on social media. “I had just been very scared. Rudy Barbier’s sprint was completely irregular and particularly dangerous. I avoided a big crash that could have put a lot of riders in danger. I apologise to the people who saw this scene for what I said, but I was exasperated. All the work of the team was swept away by the behaviour of Rudy Barbier and it is a lost victory.”

Barbier’s victory in the race remains, while Bouhanni ended up finishing 14th.