Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 5, 2016

In Friday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Morton repeats Utah stage win a year later; Gonçalves impresses in Portugal sprint; Van Poppel doubles wins in Burgos; Why the Tour of California’s move to WorldTour could be bad for US cycling; ‘Dream signing’ Michael Matthews confirmed by Giant-Alpecin; Preview: What you need to know about the men’s road race at the Rio Olympics; Dennis crashes on Rio course recon; Roche: A fourth Tour win for Froome will be complicated; Contador testing climbing legs in Burgos attack; AG2R La Mondiale signs Naesen and Vandenbergh for two seasons; Kluge signs with ORICA-BikeExchange; Davis Phinney’s ’84 Olympics bike and the golden dream that almost was; Study: Bicycle laws, infrastructure marginalizes poor; Drink developed for military boosts cycling performance; Five Crazy Moments in Olympic Cycling History; Wiggins set for final Olympic chapter – part two; Queensland state velodrome construction time-lapse

Roche: A fourth Tour win for Froome will be complicated

by VeloClub

Although Chris Froome dominated the 2016 Tour de France, 1987 champion Stephen Roche has said it is far from certain that the Briton will go on to equal the record of five Tour victories.

Froome beat runner-up Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) by four minutes and five seconds. This was slightly less than his four minute 20 second margin over Nario Quintana in 2013, but far ahead of his one minute 12 second beating of the Colombian two years later.

His dominance and the inability of his rivals this year to put him in serious trouble moved him level with Philippe Thys, Louison Bobet and Greg LeMond as three-time champions of the event. It has also edged him closer to the five-time record holders, namely Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

However, despite momentum and his aggression this year, Roche says there are no guarantees about what the future might bring the 31 year old.

“Winning a third one is great,” he told CyclingTips. “But then it gets hard, I think. Why? There are a lot of new guys coming on. I think in the next couple of years we are going to see some amazing Tours, with the Romain Bardets, the Yates, Bob Jungels, Dumoulin. There are a lot of guys who are coming up who are very, very good. In the time trialing and the climbing they are at similar levels, so it is going to make for some very interesting racing.”

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