Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 6, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: By a hair! Kittel takes photo-finish sprint over Coquard at Tour de France; Giro Rosa Round-up: Tiffany Cromwell outsprints them all in stage 4, Stevens stays in pink; Canty wins first climbing stage of Tour of Austria; Australian Olympic cycling team announced; UCI ‘happy to collaborate’ with others in fighting motor use; Tour leader Sagan on safety in the bunch: ‘I don’t want to fight with sprinters and also GC riders’; Bouhanni suing over fight; Brailsford says Cummings’ complaint should be heard; Rihs: BMC Racing Team is holding out for a backer like Apple; Anna van der Breggen to join Boels-Dolmans in 2017; Doug Ryder on a rejuvenated Mark Cavendish: ‘What a f**king legend’; Tour de France, stage 4 recap; Etixx-QuickStep before, after stage 3; Between stages with Giant-Alpecin; Cavendish waiting for photo finish results; Kittel exhausted

Tour leader Sagan on safety in the bunch: ‘I don’t want to fight with sprinters and also GC riders’

by Matt de Neef

His English mightn’t be perfect but there’s no misunderstanding Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) when he speaks about rider safety at the Tour de France. Over the past two days the stage 2 winner and overall leader has voiced his concerns about rider safety in the bunch, saying he believes this aspect of the sport has taken a turn for the worse in recent years.

“When I did my first Tour de France, it was a different race,” Sagan said after winning stage 2. “Now I am in the group and everybody is riding like they don’t care about life. It is unbelievable. Last year it was very bad and this year it is also very bad.

“It is like everybody loses the brain. I don’t know how to explain what is going to happen in the group, but it is stupid crashes in the group and very dangerous. Before it was respect; when somebody did something stupid everybody maybe threw their bottles at him or beat him with their pumps, I don’t know. But now cycling loses this.”

Several journalists have asked in recent days whether there’s a role for Peter Sagan to play in ensuring great rider safety in future. After all, the 26-year-old is the current world champion, the leader of the Tour de France and one of the most admired cyclists in the peloton. If anyone could have a demonstrable impact, it would seemingly be Sagan.

But the Slovakian believes there’s a lack of respect in the bunch and that assuming the role of a ‘patron’ would be largely pointless. “No, in this moment I am not an important rider in the peloton because nobody cares,” he said after stage 2. “I don’t know, it is like everybody loses the brain.”

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