Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 8, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Twenty-nine at the line! Cavendish surpasses Hinault, slots into second in all-time Tour stage wins; Giro Rosa Round-up: Stevens wins atop Madonna della Guardia, Guarnier is back in pink; Sterbini soloes to Austria stage victory; Von Hoff sprints to stage win in Sibiu Cycling Tour; Tour leader Van Avermaet on taking yellow: ‘I think it’s once in a lifetime for me’; Holm: ‘If Dan Martin doesn’t finish top ten I’ll cut off his ears’; How Greg Henderson went beyond the call of duty to make Tour de France team; Rights groups urge sponsors not to back Bahrain WorldTour team; Report: Contador to Trek-Segafredo in 2017; 19-year-old suspended for EPO use; British Cycling and Cycling UK call for more land access for bikes; Cyclocosm’s How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 1-5; Mara Abbott on the Giro Rosa; Tour de France, stage 5 on-board highlights; Tour de France rider quiz: Who’s the grumpiest rider?; Life on the Tour: CyclingTips 2016 Tour de France Vlog, part 1; Alaphilippe pulls one of the oldest tricks in the book

Tour leader Van Avermaet on taking yellow: ‘I think it’s once in a lifetime for me’

by Matt de Neef

You’d be forgiven for thinking today’s fifth stage of the Tour de France seemed more like a stage deep in the third week. The picturesque mountain views, the breakaway that opened up an advantage of 15 minutes, the stage winner that came from that breakaway – it was all very last-week-of-a Grand-Tour.

But unlike on a mountainous stage deep in the third week of the Tour, today’s stage saw the winner move into the overall lead, and by no small margin.

Part of an early breakaway of nine, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) forged clear of that group with Thomas Ge Dendt (Lotto Soudal) and Andrei Grivko (Astana) for company, before eventually shedding Grivko and then dropping De Gendt.

Van Avermaet rode the last 17km on his own, crossing the line with more than enough time to celebrate and fully appreciate the victory.

“For me it’s a bit strange because most of the time … I cannot enjoy the moment that much because as a sprinter, you only know at the last second if you’re going to win or not,” Van Avermaet said. “This time it was pretty special because you are at the biggest race of the year and you can enjoy the moment. It’s something good.”

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