Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 27, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Teuns wins Tour de Wallonie as BMC takes third stage win; Q&A with Jonathan Vaughters: Cannondale-Drapac ‘pulled off something incredible’ at Tour de France; Katusha-Alpecin extends with Kochetkov, Belkov; Cretti’s condition slowly improves following crash; Sky set to sign Baby Giro winner Sivakov; Movistar announces Vuelta shortlist; Canberra plans to celebrate Matthews’ green jersey victory; Petition circulating to ban cyclists from highways following cyclist death; Sagan shaves head; British man taking elderly for bike rides; Froome helps fan propose marriage; Video: The Ride; Video: La Thuile Superenduro.

Q&A with Jonathan Vaughters: Cannondale-Drapac ‘pulled off something incredible’ at Tour de France

by VeloClub

Standing at the team bus in Paris on Sunday evening, Cannondale-Drapac manager Jonathan Vaughters was holding a glass of champagne. His team had reason to celebrate; 30 minutes earlier Rigoberto Uran had finished second overall at the Tour de France. In previous years the team had taken fourth with Christian Vande Velde [2008] and Bradley Wiggins [2009], with the latter result being upgraded to third after Lance Armstrong’s disqualification. Second, though, was something else, particularly as Uran ended up just 54 seconds back. Had he not hit a barrier and come to a halt in the final time trial, he likely would have been 10 or 15 seconds closer.

In conversation with CyclingTips, Vaughters gave his immediate thoughts about the race, speaking about the success and what it means for the sport, confirming his belief that Uran is a clean rider, and also talking about the team’s new partnership with media giant Oath and what that meant for both the squad and its ongoing search for a title sponsor. Here is an excerpt from the feature:

CyclingTips: This is the team’s best ever-result at the Tour de France. What’s your reaction to that?

Jonathan Vaughters: As I’ve been saying, we come to every race with the objective of making sure that all the riders are prepared the best they can — that the staff has done everything that they can to get the race ready, to do the reconnaissance, to make sure the nutrition is correct, the training is training…whatever. A hundred percent of the effort of the whole team to make things work. And, you know, sometimes that ends up being 23rd place and sometimes that ends up being a win. And sometimes that ends up being 10th. And the point of it is, when I’m most happy is when I see that the organization is doing everything it can to achieve the maximum results.

And you have to be happy with that, whether it’s first or second or fifth or 50th or whatever. It doesn’t matter. And by the way, if you’re taking an anti-doping stance in the sport, you cannot focus on the final result. If you focus on the final result, then you are thinking about, well, I need to get to that final result, and no matter how I get there. We focus on the process, and in this case the process worked great and we’re incredibly happy. But I’m more happy about the process. I’m more happy about the people that made it happen. I’m more happy about the fact that you guys, the press, voted us the most easy and accessible team of the Tour de France.

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