BMC wins TTT in Valencia, Sarreau victorious in Bessèges: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

February 3, 2018

BMC Racing wins team time trial at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Sliding in the sand: Sun Tour peloton divided as stage 2 is neutralised; Sarreau wins again on stage 3 of the Etoile de Bessèges; López vying to pay tribute to Scarponi with success in Tour of the Alps; Lobato denies sleeping pill addiction, appeals for contract offers; French amateur given five year suspension for hidden motor use; Teklehaimanot signs for Cofidis; Happy the Eclectus loves his bike; Tour of Britain commentary excerpts and bloopers; Beavis and Butthead do SRAM

Sliding in the sand: Sun Tour peloton divided as stage 2 is neutralised

by Matt de Neef

Jayco Herald Sun Tour stage 2

BUNINYONG, Australia (CT) – It was a bizarre scene. With only half the stage completed nearly 100 riders stopped, turned around, and started riding back the way they came. The convoy stopped, riders headed to their respective team cars, and an impromptu lunch break took place.

For three minutes and 25 seconds, the peloton of the 2018 Jayco Herald Sun Tour stood there waiting; waiting for commissaires to give them the all-clear to continue chasing the breakaway.

In the lead-up to the tour, officials had been made aware of roadworks scheduled for a section of the stage 2 race route. The roadworks were supposed to be happening after the Tour but, as race organisers would discover, they’d begun – but not been completed – before stage 2.

Organisers scrambled to find a way around the roadworks, eventually settling on a deviation that featured a 7km stretch of unsealed road. As chief commissaire Greg Griffiths told CyclingTips, the condition of that gravel road wasn’t as good as had initially been hoped.

“First of all we were informed that the road would be firm enough to ride on,” Griffiths said. “Maybe it was for the first few riders but once they broke the surface then the road virtually collapsed.”

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