Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 3, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Marcel Kittel wins Stage 2 field sprint in Liège, Thomas stays in maillot jaune; Hannah Barnes wins Stage 3 sprint at Giro Rosa; van der Breggen retains GC lead; Durbridge abandons Tour de France due to ankle injury from Stage 1 crash; Successful surgery for Valverde, recovery to take months; Nightmare Grand Départ for Tony Gallopin: House robbed, car stolen, TT crash; Viviani could leave Sky before Vuelta a España.

Nightmare Grand Départ for Tony Gallopin: House robbed, car stolen, TT crash

by VeloClub

Former yellow jersey wearer Tony Gallopin is doing everything he can to continue in this year’s Tour de France after what was a massive test of his morale on Saturday. The French Lotto-Soudal rider was seen on countless TV screens around the world hitting the deck on a left-hand bend during the opening time trial. He slid along the wet surface and collided with the barriers, thus ruining his chances of a high placing.

However his misfortune started far earlier than that. At 5.30am he received a phone call telling him that his house had been broken into and his car stolen. He and his wife Marion Rousse are both at the Tour de France; he as a rider, and she as a pundit for France television.

Hours later he hit the ground and injured his ankle. Fortunately, he escaped suffering a fracture.

Gallopin tweeted an update on Sunday morning prior to the stage, noting that his foot was swollen because of the injury. “Problem of the day: Getting your foot in the shoe.”

Following Stage 2, Gallopin said he would try to fight through the pain. “It hurt when I had to accelerate or ride uphill. I am glad I reached the finish. I will try to survive and take it day by day. This situation is far from perfect, but I don’t want to give up.”