Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 5, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Number 28: Cavendish takes stage win, ties Hinault for second all-time; Giro Rosa Round-up: another Wiggle-High5 victory with Chloe Hosking in stage 3, Stevens stays in pink; Another field sprint in Austria; Sagan and Contador: A day of very contrasting fortunes; Rethinking the 3km rule; Girl struck by publicity caravan on stage 3; Brailsford praises Cookson regarding UCI-ASO conflict; Tony Martin linked to Bora-hansgrohe for 2017; Plans to use pro cyclists’ training, racing data to help stop doping; Premier League referees cycle to all clubs for charity; Tour de France, stage 3 on-board highlights; Tour de France, stage 3 recap; How to pack for the Tour De France with Adam Hansen; Orica-Bike Exchange stage 2 ‘Backstage Pass’; Oleg Tinkov celebrates Sagan victory

Sagan and Contador: A day of very contrasting fortunes

by VeloClub

Cycling giveth and cycling taketh away.

For one leader, stage two of the Tour de France was a standout moment in his career. For another, it was a case of fate kicking him when he was already down.

There were very different fortunes for Peter Sagan and Alberto Contador on Sunday, with the Tinkoff stablemates experiencing the real ebb and flow of cycling.

Sagan was best on the uphill finish to Cherbourg En Cotentin, surviving a very steep ramp and then biding his time before coming around Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep) inside the final 50 metres.

The victory and the related time bonus saw him replace Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) as the new race leader, thus earning the first yellow jersey of his career.

In complete contrast, Contador slipped further away from the Maillot Jaune. He crashed on stage one, hurting his shoulder, and then fell again approximately 120 kilometres from the end of stage two. He got back up to the peloton but suffered on the final climb, losing 48 seconds.

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