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by Mark Zalewski
March 9, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Alaphilippe wins Paris-Nice time trial, takes over lead; BMC wins Tirreno-Adriatico TTT opener; Q&A with Axel Merckx: Team’s exclusion from California is ‘unfortunate for development of US cycling’; Froome declines to support Brailsford; Three Sky riders break front wheels in Tirreno-Adriatico TTT, dashing GC plans; Sagan shows up at Tirreno-Adriatico with thumb wrapped; Groenewegen upset over Paris-Nice performance; Gent-Wevelgem to honour Antoine Demoitié; Christian Prudhomme: ASO backs the MPCC; Video shows baggage handlers tossing bike cases from EasyJet plane; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 4 highlights; 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico stage 1 highlights; The Pioneer 2017 highlights.
As if Team Sky isn’t having a bad enough week (month, year?), three of its riders broke front wheels during the TTT opening stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, with Gianni Moscon’s wheel disintegrating into pieces as he rode, and dashing the team’s GC plans.
Moscon mentioned on TV after finishing that he had struck a pothole earlier, which likely led to the failure. In the video he is seen pulling out of line, showing that he knew something was awry.
Geraint Thomas tweeted about the incident after the race, saying that three of his teammates had broken front wheels during the stage, including Diego Rosa and fellow GC hope Mikel Landa. The team waited for the riders and finished together, coming in 18th on the stage, 1:36 down on the winners Team BMC. This puts the GC hopes of Thomas and Landa likely out of reach.
“Over? For sure, races like this or Paris-Nice are won in seconds,” Thomas told the media after the stage about the GC. “So to lose 1:20 in that is certainly not good. I think we’ve got a guy who can win on each day. We’ll try to be aggressive and make up for this, but I think GC is out the window now.”