Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 29, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Yin and Yang: BMC teammates Phinney, Bookwalter form two-man U.S. Olympic road team; Who Will Win The Mountains Jersey?; Inside Australia’s Olympic track cycling medal factory; Rio velodrome opens for business; Cofidis backs Bouhanni for Le Tour; Astana brings Aru and Nibali to Tour; Quintana leads Movistar line-up for Tour de France; Pantani murder case closed; Cyclist killed by alleged DUI hit-and-run; Olds, Bertine recovering from head injuries; New Orica-GreenEdge sponsor announcement expected soon; Sonar helps police catch drivers passing too close to cyclists; Cyclocosm’s 2016 Tour de France Preview; Behind the scenes with Bob Jungels

Who Will Win The Mountains Jersey?

by CyclingTips

After the yellow jersey, the polka dots of the mountains jersey are likely the most iconic of the Tour de France. Given to the best overall climber in the race, some years it is an afterthought amidst the race for yellow, while in others it is a fierce race-within-a-race among the breakaway riders.


The Inner Ring explores which scenario might play out this year. Here is an excerpt:

An iconic jersey and an accidental competition. If a big name rider wins like Chris Froome did last year then it’s incidental, a bonus on top of the yellow jersey. If a lesser rider wins then we may appreciate the effort but it can feel like the triumph of arithmetic rather than a genuine award for the best climber. Either way it’s a fine prize and many riders will try to wear it, even one day can mark a career. Here’s a look at the competition for 2016 with the contenders and what’s new with the points scale.

The jersey has become a target for breakaway riders who aim to go on a long raid in the mountains to amass points, often day after day. However last year Chris Froome won it almost by accident on his way to winning the race overall.

What’s interesting for 2016 is the number of first category climbs, 12 in total and up from just five last year. This looks deliberate, an attempt to give away more points ahead of the big summit finishes, and certainly having ridden and reconned all of the mountain stages ahead of the race the classification of some seemed generous, as if the race wants to tilt the competition to the breakaway riders.

Click through to read more at The Inner Ring.