Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 7, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet does the double! BMC rider takes Tour de France stage win, yellow jersey; Giro Rosa Round-up: Wiggle-High5 continues Italian success with stage win and pink for Mara Abbott; Jan Hirt wins Austria queen stage, takes over lead; Andrei Nechita wins Sibiu Cycling Tour prologue; Operación Puerto samples in UCI, WADA custody; WADA extends Meldonium grace period through September; The return of Marcel Kittel: ‘I know how hard the way back to this moment was’; Trans Am reflections: Race lead, blue feet, altitude sickness and a gender paradigm shift; Bahrain team on hold until 2018?; Sunweb possibly joining Giant as new title sponsor; Oleg Tinkoff: “If Sagan wins two stages, I stay in cycling”; Tour de France, stage 4 on-board highlights; Celebrating Kittel’s stage win; Peter Sagan: “Life is like a movie”; What does it take to ride in a breakaway at Le Tour?

The return of Marcel Kittel: ‘I know how hard the way back to this moment was’

by Matt de Neef

Before Tuesday, Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) already had 10 wins for the season. But after his victory on stage 4 of the Tour de France, there can be little doubt: the German is back to his very best.

But the win was far from easy. Just as yesterday’s third stage went to a photo finish, so too the winner of stage 4 wasn’t clear when the peloton flew across the line.

As he sat on the ground just past the finish, surrounded by journalists and photographers, Kittel himself wasn’t sure he’d won. That was until a member of his team staff gave him the good news.

“I heard it from Steven, our physio. He was there with me,” Kittel said in his post-race press conference. “They were saying something in the speaker and then suddenly Steven was saying ‘You won, you won!’ and all the emotions came over me and I gave him a big hug.”

Where Kittel’s realisation was a moment of ecstasy, it was a moment of palpable disappointment for second-placed Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie), beaten by mere millimetres in his quest for a maiden Tour stage victory.

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