Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 24, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cavendish takes first 2017 win at Abu Dhabi Tour; McCabe wins second stage of Tour de Langkawi, Gibbons into lead; Dennis wins Tour de La Provence as Mattia Cattaneo takes final stage; Ariesen wins second stage of Volta ao Alentejo; Cycling Australia poaches Sky’s Simon Jones to head high performance; Van Avermaet heads into Spring Classics with confidence of an Olympic champion; Owain Doull claims disc rotor sliced his shoe in sprint crash on Abu Dhabi stage; Women’s Amstel Gold Race will use traditional Cauberg finish; Belgians Boonen, Vanmarcke ready to start Classics season at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne; Baloise Belgium Tour announces 2017 route; Laura Kenny awarded 2016 FT Bidlake Memorial Prize; Trial date set for Armstrong federal whistleblower case; Highlights: Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 1; Highlights: Volta ao Alentejo, stage 1.

McCabe wins second stage of Tour de Langkawi, Gibbons into lead

by Mark Zalewski

American Travis McCabe (Travis UnitedHealthcare) out-sprinted Italian Filippo Pozzato (Wilier Triestina) and Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data) for the win on the second stage of the Tour de Langkawi. Gibbons, who was second on the first stage, becomes the new race leader with his consistent finishing.

“We came here with the ambition to win,” said McCabe. “We really wanted to work on the lead out train that we have. I wasn’t trying to fill the shoes of Murphy but it’s great to do the same as him. For me, today, it was all about patience. We showed yesterday that we had the lead out train and the power to take me to the line but I made a mistake by going way too early. Today I went into a small break before the category 1 climb to make it easier when Manzana really hit it on the climb.”

“My day started with a crash while I was in the middle of road at the back of the peloton in order to not risk anything,” Pozzato said. “But someone bumped into me after losing control of his handlebar and I fell on my face. My head was shocked by the crash but my legs were going much better than yesterday after the traveling. In the finale I wanted to anticipate the sprint because I’m not as fast as these guys.

Gibbons also had some trouble on the stage, with a mechanical necessitating a bike change with 60km still to race. “It had a 53 on it and I couldn’t get it down to the 11. I had a perfect lead out. I thought it was no problem to come round him but I had no speed. I’m disappointed not to win but I’m happy to be in the yellow jersey. It sounds like an excuse but I think I’m quicker than these guys and I want to prove it in the coming days.”

Friday’s third stage, 118km from Serdang to Pantai Remis, is expected to end in another sprint.

Stage 2: Jerteh > Gerik - Stage Result

Thursday 23rd February 2017

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UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
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Wilier Triestina
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Dimension Data