Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 3, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Philippe Gilbert wins the Tour of Flanders with thrilling 55km solo move; Coryn Rivera becomes first American to win the Tour of Flanders; Rare victory for Rory Sutherland at Vuelta Ciclista a La Rioja; Simon Yates victorious at GP Miguel Indurain; Sagan and Vanmarcke crash out of Flanders; Double mechanical ruins Boonen’s Flandrian fairytale; Gilbert outlines dream of winning all five Monuments; Mixed reception to Muur’s Flanders return; Vinokourov and Kolobnev to face court in May over Liege corruption allegation; Fallen endurance racer Mike Hall honoured in tribute rides.

Sagan and Vanmarcke crash out of Flanders

by Matt de Neef

It was a dramatic day on the narrow farm roads of Flanders yesterday with several of De Ronde’s biggest favourites falling foul of crashes.

Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac) was descending after the second ascent of the Oude Kwaremont when he appeared to hit a wet patch or got his wheel caught in a gap in the road, forcing the Belgian to the ground at high speed. A slow bike change only compounded the incident.

The third and final time up the Oude Kwaremont, with Philippe Gilbert up the road, an even more dramatic incident occurred. Pre-race favourite Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) appeared to clip the foot of a barrier while breaking away from the lead group. Oliver Naesen (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Greg van Avermaet (BMC) were both on his wheel, and both also crashed.

“It was my fault, I don’t know,” said Sagan afterwads. “I was near the barrier, yeah, but I was controlling the space, how close I was. I was a little to the left, but… Every year, if you are doing it alone, you can do it. I was alone ahead and they were following me, but then I snagged on a pullover or I don’t know, some flag. Then the barrier was afterwards, I went towards the barrier.”

When asked after the race whether he’d sustained any serious injuries, the two-time world champion replied: “I don’t know. I have a problem here,” pointing to his right hip.