Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 7, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Colbrelli wins second rain-soaked Paris-Nice, Démare retains yellow; Team Sky riders consider asking Brailsford to step down; Dr. Freeman to be recalled by Parliament committee for testimony, but no Wiggins; Shane Sutton ultimately undone at British Cycling by mystery medical package?; British Cycling appoints new CEO, Julie Harrington, from Football Association; Michael Schär out with fractured collarbone; Paris-Nice weather taking toll on peloton; Lappartient re-elected as European Cycling Union president; Taxi passenger only given fine for dooring of cyclist, causing death; Cyclist seeking Good Samaritans who helped him after crash; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 2 highlights; On-board footage of Caleb Ewan’s win at Abu Dhabi Tour.

Colbrelli wins second rain-soaked Paris-Nice, Démare retains yellow

by Mark Zalewski

Another miserable weather day in Paris-Nice saw a field sprint from a reduced peloton with Sonni Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) beating John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and stage one winner Arnaud Démare (FDJ).

The main break of the day consisted of Sven Erik Bystrøm (Katusha-Alpecin), Tony Gallopin (Lotto-FIXALL), Maarten Wynants (LottoNL-Jumbo), Marc Sarreau (FDJ), Edvaldas Siskevicius (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) and Belgian champ Phillipe Gilbert (Quick Step Floors).

With the gap dropping to under 30 seconds Gilbert attacked out of the break with 20km to go. With 10km to go, as the break remnants were scooped up, Gilbert had 40 seconds on the reduced peloton. However, the gap began to drop as the teams with sprinters still in the group upped the pace. At 8km to go, with the gap at 25 seconds and the peloton in sight, Gilbert pulled the plug.

Aleksey Lutsenko (Astana) attacked with 4.3km to go, rolling somewhat slowly off the front of the peloton. But he was only able to manage about 50 metres gap as the peloton, led by Team Sky and Quick Step Floors, tapped out a steady tempo. As he was absorbed Kristijan Koren (Cannondale-Drapac) attacked on the other side of the road with much more aggression, and only 2.7km to the finish. The lead-out riders had to do much more work to bring Koren back, but caught him with 1.2km to go. Michael Albasini let loose with another solo move at the flamme rouge as the organsation of the peloton waned, as the top teams had burned their matches to catch the solo moves.

With no true lead out it was every sprinter for himself. Sonny Colbrelli started very early and it seemed a lot of riders were poised to come around him. But the Italian held on all the way to the line, surprising everyone, seemingly even himself.

Stage 2: Rochefort-en-Yvelines > Amilly - Stage Result

Monday 6th March 2017

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Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
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Trek - Segafredo
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DéMARE Arnaud