Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 2, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Preview: What you need to know about the 2016 Tour de France; Sagan promising fireworks as Tour start looms; Bouhanni talks about incident that ended his Tour de France before it started; Cummings calls for British Cycling coach removal after Olympic snub; Female Trans America endurance racer out to break cycle of prejudice; Orica-AIS signs young talent for rest of 2016; Shimano acquires helmet brand Lazer; Sven Nys opens cycling center; The art of the wheel: Remembering Donald Trump’s unconventional foray into American cycling; “Beyond The Race” – Pursuing the Tour de France: The Dream of Adam Yates; Tour de France 2016: Meet the teams; 2016 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup; Peter Sagan “introduces” his team for the Tour de France; Greeting riders at the end of a Tour stage in 1927

Sagan promising fireworks as Tour start looms

by VeloClub

As he did prior to Paris-Roubaix, Peter Sagan has once again shrugged off pressure in the days before a major race. The Tinkoff rider will begin his fifth Tour de France as world road race champion and on the same team as GC contender Alberto Contador, but he appeared relaxed, confident and fully at ease with himself and his task at the team hotel on Thursday.

Reminded by a journalist that last year he said he would try to win every day because he has ‘big balls,’ he was asked how the same part of his anatomy was this year. The subtext to the question was if he would once again be riding aggressively; his response made things clear in that regard.

“[They are] maybe bigger,” he said. “Every year they are growing.”

The moment brought a loud laugh from the media covering the conference, but it also showed his outlook. Although Sagan is a key component in Contador’s bid for a third Tour title, he also has clear personal ambitions for the race.

“I think it is the same [as before]. I want to try to win some stages,” he said. “Maybe the green jersey if it is possible. And to help Alberto, he wants to go for yellow. I think that is the biggest goal we have.”

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