Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 15, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: De Gendt takes victory on shortened Ventoux stage as Tour de France plummets into chaos in final kilometre; Bonifazio wins third field sprint in as many stages in Poland; Chaos at Tour de France sees yellow jersey running up the road on summit finish; Mavic neutral service mechanic recounts Froome crash; Sagan and Froome’s extraordinary Tour breakaway: ‘This is bike racing at its best’; Adam Yates: In my opinion Froome is going to win the Tour; Small’s appeal denied, US squad unchanged for Rio; Is Oleg Tinkov really quitting pro cycling?; Why won’t TV show more women’s cycling?; British cycling unsure whether new track bike will be ready for Olympics; Megan Guarnier talks about winning the Giro Rosa; Tour de France, stage 11 recap; Tour de France, stage 11 on-board highlights; Who’s the most stylish rider?; Cyclist attempts to set-off speed camera

De Gendt takes victory on shortened Ventoux stage as Tour de France plummets into chaos in final kilometre

by Michael Better

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) paced himself perfectly up Mount Ventoux to take an stage win on Bastille Day in Chalet-Reynard at the 2016 Tour de France on Thursday, while behind, chaos ensued behind. As De Gendt was celebrating, having beaten breakaway companion Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data), behind him the race’s GC contenders were ensnared in one of the most unusual race situations in race history.

Toward the top of the climb, Chris Froome (Team Sky), Richie Porte (BMC Racing) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) had distanced themselves from the rest of the GC contenders and were working together with less than 2km remaining in the stage. Porte was on the attack when a TV motorbike leading the trio came to a standstill due to the sheer number of fans lining the road.

The BMC Racing rider plowed into the back of the motorbike with Froome and Mollema also crashing. The Dutchman on Trek-Segafredo stood up and got going again, while Porte fixed his chain on his bike. Froome, who was hit by a second moto following behind, began running up Mount Ventoux, his bike destroyed.

The chase group containing the other GC contenders soon passed the maillot jaune and Porte, as Mollema pressed on to the finish. Froome stopped running after about a hundred metres and waited for a neutral support bike. He stood on the side of the road with fans screaming all around him, watching riders streak past, including Porte, who had fixed his mechanical.

Froome received a spare bike from Mavic neutral support, but it was too small and the bike didn’t have the right type of pedals. His team car finally caught up to him and gave him his spare team bike, so he could finish the stage.


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