Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 19, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gaviria earns hat-trick of Giro d’Italia wins with victory on stage 12; Talansky claims Amgen Tour of California queen stage; Amanda Spratt takes stage win and GC lead in the second stage of Emakumeen Bira; Dylan Groenewegen wins stage 2 of the Tour of Norway; Fraile into Giro d’Italia mountains jersey; Gary Sutton let go by Cycling Australia; An Post departure leads to major sponsorship search for Irish cycling; Some Thoughts on Thoughtlessness; Simon Geschke left behind by Team Sunweb bus; UCI fines rider over dating request; Video: Daily hassle en route to Giro d’Italia sign on; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 12 Pre Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 12 Post Race; Video: cycling thief tries to steal racing bike off a car

Some Thoughts on Thoughtlessness

by CyclingTips

Stage race riding is often about metering out energy, sparing effort until the right time and then striking. It differs from the eyeballs-out style of racing at the Classics, where impulse is often better than inhibition. Matt Rendell has written about this for Rouleur, and points out that some of the best Grand Tour riders have an ability to switch from one mode to another.

Here’s an excerpt:

For something so physically challenging, Grand Tour racing is also shockingly cerebral. It is an exercise in intellectual tightrope walking, balancing the potential in any given race situation against the larger scenario of month-long energy management.

There can be dull passages, stages largely meaningless to the whole; long periods spent waiting for the decisive move that, often as not, never comes. These days, ninety hours of racing are as often as not decided by one, at most two, meticulously rehearsed attacks, calibrated to the nearest Watt or ten by boffins a short-haul flight or two away.

One-day racing is something else completely, involving a radically different skills set. Depending on the race, the necessary physical attributes can be poles apart. In the cobbled Classics, the champions lack the capacity for overnight recovery of the stage race specialists, who fall far short of the absolute power generation of the one-day behemoths.

Click through to read more at Rouleur