Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

July 18, 2016

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Pantano takes breakaway win on Tour’s 15th stage; Tour of Poland stage cancelled due to inclement weather; Rubiano avoids massive crash to win stage one of the Tour de Qinghai Lake; Marianne Vos takes her second stage win at Thuringen Rundfahrt; Simon Gerrans withdraws from Rio Olympics squad after TDF crash; Anti-doping officials request entire Russian delegation be barred from Rio Olympics; BMC on Tour dogfight – Anything can happen in the third week; Chris Boardman’s mother killed while cycling in Wales; Dave Brailsford’s impression of Chris Froome’s Ventoux run; Tour de France stage 14 on-board video highlights.

Tour of Poland stage cancelled due to inclement weather

by Matt de Neef

Sunday’s sixth stage of the Tour of Poland was called off by race organisers after the course was lashed by heavy rain.

The day after rain and cold conditions saw some 85 riders abandon the race, the weather again played havoc on the penultimate day of the seven-stage WorldTour race.

Stage 6 was originally to be contested over five laps of a 36km-long course but organisers cut the race to four, three and then two laps. With poor visibility and wet muddy roads, the conditions proved too difficult for racing. The riders reportedly discussed the conditions and communicated with the race jury who, eventually, decided to call off the stage.

“It was a unified decision which was really great to see,” Orica-BikeExchange sports director Dave McPartland said. “We feel sorry for the organisers because they have put a lot into this race so it’s disappointing for them, but they have been able to make a hard decision and put the riders safety first which they should be congratulated for.”

The race concludes on Monday with a 25km ITT time trial. Tim Wellens continues to lead the GC by 4:05.

Stage 5: Wieliczka > Zakopane - Stage Result

Saturday 16th July 2016

1. be
WELLENS Tim
Lotto Soudal
05:57:22
2. it
FORMOLO Davide
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
3:48
3. be
BENOOT Tiesj
Lotto Soudal
4:37
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