In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Barbin wins sixth stage in Langkawi, Gibbons remains in lead; Aristi wins Tropicale Amissa Bongo opener; Sergio Henao wins Colombian road title; Bike Pure: No testing done at recent UCI cyclocross races, says riders offered drugs at events; Peloton shaking its collective head over Sagan; Directors upset over sidewalk riding in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Vanmarcke points to Sagan for missing out on Omloop win; Quintana on disc brakes: heavier, less aero, and dangerous; Tony Martin unable to finish Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne after hard crash; Patrick Lefevere follows racing action from helicopter; Boonen taking early season setbacks in stride; British Government backpedals on reforms for injured cyclists to claim compensation; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour preview: Alice Barnes; On-board highlights from the Abu Dhabi Tour; Pedestrian tries to kick cyclist off bicycle.
Your Tuesday Daily News Digest
German Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) was unable to finish Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday, though he should win the hard man award for the day. A hard crash left him with a cut above his right eye. He tried to continue but the gushing blood was too much to keep at bay and doctors advised him to abandon.
— Tony Martin (@tonymartin85) February 26, 2017
The cut was bed enough to require eight stitches.
Martin was seen riding hard on the front of both Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and again at Kuurne, before his crash.
The time trial world champion moved to Katusha-Alpecin after five years with the Classics-focused Quick Step Floors squad, with the dual goals of time trials and trying his hand at the spring races, something he was unable to truly do on the Belgian team.