Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 4, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan swaps rainbow stripes for yellow jersey with Stage 2 victory at Tour de France; Rosa Round-up: more Boels-Dolmans success as Evelyn Stevens wins stage 3 and takes pink; Tour of Austria kicks off with uphill prologue and field sprint stage; Cavendish wins opening stage of Tour de France, takes maillot jaune for first time; ‘It was a disaster’: Stage 2 puncture slashes Porte’s chances of Tour de France victory; The walking wounded: Stage 1 of Tour leaves its mark; Contador injured in Tour de France opener: ‘When I place my shoulder in a certain position I am worried’; Bennett soldiers on after stage 1 crash: ‘I could see the bone in my finger’; Mission accomplished: Cavendish completes long campaign to grab Tour yellow; Cookson on ASO-UCI deal, Bahrain team; Tramadol prevalent within the pro peloton, soon to be banned; Tour de France: Stage 2 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 on-board highlights; Tour de France: Stage 2 on-board highlights; How to launch the ‘Manx Missile’

The walking wounded: Stage 1 of Tour leaves its mark

by Michael Better

After the opening stage of the 2016 Tour de France on Saturday, the peloton is already looking like a rag-tag bunch with multiple crashes bringing down many riders, both domestiques and marquee-names alike.

Though racing together as a large group is not an unknown to the riders, another dimension comes with the Tour. It is grander, with over 2,000 accredited press. There is not only added pressure on the riders to perform, but the teams as well. This is a crucially important event for the sponsors.

The added depth brings a truckload of stress and an already-chaotic first week gets ramped up to new heights. Add in a pancake flat opening stage along northwest France with crosswinds and it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

Astana’s Diego Rosa took the honour of being the first rider to fall in this year’s Tour and lucky for the Italian, he fell after a slowing of the peloton and came away relatively unscathed. Many others didn’t experience such good luck.

Alberto Contador’s gruesome looking tumble into a curb with 77km to go, sent shockwaves across social media. The Spaniard landed hard on his right shoulder and his jersey was ragged on the right-hand side. He was seen grimacing in pain during his chase back into the peloton.

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