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by Mark Zalewski
July 4, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan swaps rainbow stripes for yellow jersey with Stage 2 victory at Tour de France; Rosa Round-up: more Boels-Dolmans success as Evelyn Stevens wins stage 3 and takes pink; Tour of Austria kicks off with uphill prologue and field sprint stage; Cavendish wins opening stage of Tour de France, takes maillot jaune for first time; ‘It was a disaster’: Stage 2 puncture slashes Porte’s chances of Tour de France victory; The walking wounded: Stage 1 of Tour leaves its mark; Contador injured in Tour de France opener: ‘When I place my shoulder in a certain position I am worried’; Bennett soldiers on after stage 1 crash: ‘I could see the bone in my finger’; Mission accomplished: Cavendish completes long campaign to grab Tour yellow; Cookson on ASO-UCI deal, Bahrain team; Tramadol prevalent within the pro peloton, soon to be banned; Tour de France: Stage 2 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 on-board highlights; Tour de France: Stage 2 on-board highlights; How to launch the ‘Manx Missile’
Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani-CSF) won the bunch sprint clear ahead of his Italian compatriot Andrea Pasqualon (Team Roth) and Yannick Martinez (Delko Marseille Provence KTM). Ruffoni takes over the yellow jersey.
Courtesy: Tour of Austria
“My team has worked hard to catch up with the top again,” said Ruffoni. “For me this is a fantastic day. And tomorrow we will attack again.”
The first road stage of the race began with high speeds and the peloton not settling for a break away. It took 70km before a break could establish, with Allessandro Vanotti (Astana), Peter Koning (Drapac) and Kufsteiner Maximilian Kuen (Amplatz BMC). Back in the peloton a crash took out Dennis Paul (Tirol) with a broken collarbone and Alexander Meier (Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang) sent to hospital.
With only a maximum of 5:30 gap the break was not to survive, as two of the three were dropped on a climb. Koning survived until 3km to go when the swarm finally caught him.
Earlier the opening prologue stage, a 600m climb of the Kitzbüheler Horn, was won by Drapac’s William Clarke, one second ahead of SCHLEMMER Lukas Schlemmer (WSA-Greenlife) and Sylwester Janiszewski (Wibatech Fuji) one more second behind.