In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Alexey Lutsenko wins the Tour of Oman; Tim Wellens secures the overall at Ruta del Sol; Michal Kwiatkowski takes out the Volta ao Algarve; Jonathan Hivert wins both stages and overall at Haut Var Matin; Mathieu van der Poel and Sanne Cant take Superprestige wins in Middelkerke; Riders critical of Froome’s appearance at the Ruta del Sol.
Kwiatkowski wins in Portugal, Tim Wellens in Spain: Your CT Daily News Digest
As he began the Ruta del Sol — his first race back since news of his salbutamol finding emerged — Chris Froome (Sky) claimed he was overwhelmed by the support he was receiving within the peloton. Other riders in the peloton have painted a different picture, chief among them the race’s overall winner Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal).
“Froome said he has seen incredible support inside the peloton. That’s not what I’ve experienced,” Wellens said. “If you did a poll, nine out of 10 riders would say it’s better that he’s not here. On camera, a lot of riders are afraid to say what they think. Behind the cameras, they are not so happy about it.
“I wouldn’t feel at all comfortable in Chris’ situation and I would not have started to race until a verdict had been made public.”
Wellens’ compatriot Oliver Naesen was equally unimpressed: “[Froome] should not be racing until there is a definitive conclusion to this, for better or for worse,” Naesen told Sporza. “You can’t consider it a normal situation. This is very bad news for fans of the sport and its credibility. Hopefully the UCI will evaluate the defence’s case soon.”
Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) had a similar oponion: “It’s super-bad for cycling,” the German said at the Volta ao Algarve. “I absolutely don’t understand Team Sky and Froome that he comes back before this case is clear. It’s a shame.”