Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 25, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel wins with bike throw at Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 2; Mareczko wins third stage of Tour de Langkawi; Molano wins Volta ao Alentejo, stage 3; Van Avermaet lukewarm about Flanders route changes; talks Gilbert tensions and Liège; Rivals take note: After breakout year, Lepistö enters Spring Classics with confidence; Phinney out of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with knee injury; Zwift Academy winner Leah Thorvilson to begin racing in Belgium this weekend; Kittel chooses rim brake for second stage at Abu Dhabi Tour; ‘Protest’ over asphalting of Eikenberg cobbles; British Cycling perplexed by UK Sport allegations; Bicycle industry reacting to Utah Governor’s push to strip federal protection for public lands; New world record set for cycling length of New Zealand; Pedal power in sailing; Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 2 highlights; Video: On-board highlights – Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 1; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Chantal Blaak; Video: Vintage cycling day.

‘Protest’ over asphalting of Eikenberg cobbles

by CyclingTips

Protesting in Europe can be a regular occurrence, and has even affected racing in the past, such as when farmers block the roads early in a race for a short time to make their point, before allowing the racing to continue. However, another kind of protest is happening in Belgium with a purist of cobbles fighting the good fight against asphalt being laid ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

A cycling samaritan was filmed doing his best to thwart the anti-cobble crew, or as we at CyclingTips are going to call them, ‘Alt-Cobblers.’

“War, police brutality, global warming, Trump… In Belgium we only protest against real matters, like paving cobblestone climbs,” read the caption.

“A fortnight ago the road beside the kasseirug still not paved,” Tiesj Benoot (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) told Het Nieuwsblad. “This is an unpleasant surprise. I hope the organizers make the road so everyone should have to ride the cobblestones. It is like the gutter next to the Taaienberg.”

Cannondale-Drapac’s Sep Vanmarcke also commented about the newly laid pavement. “The reconstruction of the cobbled climb is now no more than a Formula 1 circuit.”

Click through to read more at Het Nieuwsblad.