Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 14, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Crosswinds wreak havoc! Sagan wins Tour de France stage 11, Froome extends lead; Gaviria makes it two-for-two in Poland; Prudhomme: The wind was 104 km/h, Ventoux is impossible; Matthews’ long road to Tour de France success: ‘I was almost giving up on this race’; Flamme rouge incident malicious?; The Secret Pro at the 2016 Tour de France: Sky is conserving, Cav is back, and squabbles in the gruppetto; Meet Megan Guarnier: women’s cycling’s new leader; Romain Bardet says new generation taking over in cycling; Prudhomme calls for fans to respect riders; Driver targets, hits cyclist in UK; Tour of Alberta announces route; What leads amateurs to dope?; Person of interest sought in tack incident; Tour de France, stage 11 recap; Tour de France, stage 10 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 10; Storm on the Ventoux

Prudhomme: The wind was 104 km/h, Ventoux is impossible

by VeloClub

Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme has explained the decision to cancel the summit finish on Thursday’s Mont Ventoux climb, saying that it would otherwise be far too dangerous for riders, the Tour organisation and fans.

The Frenchman spoke to the media in the race’s mixed zone in Montpellier, giving his reasons shortly after word came through of the change.

“As you saw today, there is a lot of wind. The wind today was at more than 100 kilometres per hour… the strongest wind was 104 kilometres per hour,” he told journalists. “According to the weather forecast, it will be more windy tomorrow. Also, it says it will be four degrees at the summit. It is just impossible to go there for safety reasons.

“So the finish line will be on the Chalet-Reynard, six kilometres away from the summit. It is at the end of the wood; after it is only rocks and it will be very, very windy.

“So for safety, [it is not good] to go further away for the riders and for the fans. Even for all our technical things at the finish line….it is impossible to do something, apart from something with chalk on the road [laughs]. And that won’t be the case.”

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