Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 14, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Crosswinds wreak havoc! Sagan wins Tour de France stage 11, Froome extends lead; Gaviria makes it two-for-two in Poland; Prudhomme: The wind was 104 km/h, Ventoux is impossible; Matthews’ long road to Tour de France success: ‘I was almost giving up on this race’; Flamme rouge incident malicious?; The Secret Pro at the 2016 Tour de France: Sky is conserving, Cav is back, and squabbles in the gruppetto; Meet Megan Guarnier: women’s cycling’s new leader; Romain Bardet says new generation taking over in cycling; Prudhomme calls for fans to respect riders; Driver targets, hits cyclist in UK; Tour of Alberta announces route; What leads amateurs to dope?; Person of interest sought in tack incident; Tour de France, stage 11 recap; Tour de France, stage 10 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 10; Storm on the Ventoux

The Secret Pro at the 2016 Tour de France: Sky is conserving, Cav is back, and squabbles in the gruppetto

by CyclingTips

The Secret Pro is back with a new installment from the Tour de France. From infighting in the gruppetto to Cavendish’s return to form to Froome in control, TSP breaks it all down.

Here is an excerpt:

Right before that, Froome punched a spectator, and was fined for it. Seems ridiculous. I can’t imagine it would hurt that much from those old sparrow’s elbows. I can’t imagine Froome having that much power behind his punch. I haven’t seen the footage, but we’ve seen it happen before, guys getting flags into riders’ wheels and that sort of thing. I think, if you’re close enough to get punched, you’re too close.

Throughout the history of the Tour, we’ve seen fans get pushed away from leaders. They’re just overanxious fans, that’s all it is. There’s no malice involved, they’re just off their heads. Even in the gruppetto, they will run beside you. I can imagine Froome may have had that attack in his mind, it’s 800 metres from the summit, and you’ve got this guy who is about to throw his flag in your front wheel. It’s like, ‘Get out of the way, we’re trying to do battle here.”

I’m not sure what to say about Contador pulling out. He’s not at the Tour to roll around in 20th position. That was a heavy crash he took. It seems like he limped around a lot, when he came across the finish line, and you could see that he favors one shoulder, but if that’s the case, you don’t have to attack on a 20km climb from the beginning [of Stage 9] if you’ve got a fever. I don’t understand that at all. But I do understand him going home. You can’t race the Tour with that kind of injury. No one really wants to see Contador get ninth or tenth. He’s there to battle for the podium, and fit and healthy he would, so what’s the point? Go home and recover from the crash, if not for the Olympics than for the Vuelta.

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