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

Romain Bardet says new generation taking over in cycling

by CyclingTips

French rider Romain Bardet says that the old guard of cycling is fading away and the next generation that is coming into power is doing away with the old traditions.

Tour de France 2015 - stage 18

“There is a new generation coming that will have their own approach to riding, although we mean no disrespect to the past. I was talking about Cancellara but Alberto Contador is a very respectful rival, who’ll pat you on the back, like Alejandro Valverde,” Bardet said. “It’s more open, there is no clear hierarchy, even if  Sagan is a bit of a leader there will be no boss like before.”

Bardet is referring to the tradition of a ‘boss’ that ruled the peloton — someone like Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain or Lance Armstrong, imposing their dominance. Fabian Cancellara is one of the last of that generation and is set to retire after this season.

One of the main issues Bardet sees as important now is having the riders unified in their positions regarding things like course safety.

“In an environment that is so fiercely competitive, it’s really hard to find unity,” said Bardet. “It is absolutely necessary but it’s hard to bring the riders together. We’re not being consulted much by the (cycling) authorities.”

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