Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 8, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Valverde sprints out of select group to win Pais Vasco, stage 5; Coquard wins final stage, Calmejane the overall for Direct Energie at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe; Brennauer takes sprint win in Healthy Ageing Tour as van Dijk protects lead; With an eye on the all-time record, Boonen calm heading into final Roubaix; ‘One of the classiest of the big champions:’ Rivals, teammates celebrate Boonen’s career; Aru suffers knee injury during altitude training; No Liège defense for Poels due to injury; Road furniture causes more crashes at Pais Vasco, Cummings and Atapuma out with injuries; Professional Cycling Association reviews disc brake covers; British Cycling creates ‘People Director’ position to focus on athlete welfare; Team Sky bring three riders new to Paris-Roubaix; Second indoor velodrome coming to US; Video: Canyon-SRAM on why they train; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Ronde van Vlaanderen; Video: UCI timing partner Tissot.

Road furniture causes more crashes at Pais Vasco, Cummings and Atapuma out with injuries

by CyclingTips

Ironically, a day after the Professional Cycling Association, the professional riders’ union, issued a statement applauding the UCI’s adoption of many of its recommended safety measures — with the statement specifically pointing the crashes during the 2015 Vuelta a Pais Vasco as impetus for the call to change — crashes on Wednesday’s stage of the same race caused by road furniture forced some top riders out of the race.

Both Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data) and Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates) crashed hard on the stage when the course veered off a highway to an exit ramp. Bollards in the road seemed to be the main culprit in causing the crash.

“The scapular fracture extends into the joint meaning that Steve will likely need surgery to ensure an accurate reduction,” Dimension Data team doctor Jarrad Van Zuydam said. “He will stay in hospital overnight to allow adequate pain management but we hope to transfer him by tomorrow and schedule the surgery in the next two days. If all goes well, we can expect to have him on a trainer in two weeks’ time with a gradual return as pain allows.”

Reports indicate that Atapuma suffered a broken wrist and a concussion.

Earlier on the same stage safety cones placed in the middle of the road also caused riders grief, with Rob Power (ORICA-Scott) sent to the tarmac.