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by Mark Zalewski
July 9, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Cummings takes emphatic stage win, Van Avermaet extends Tour de France lead; Giro Rosa Round-up: another strike for the Americans, with Stevens winning the ITT and Guarnier keeping pink; Peloton thwarts breakaway again for sprint in Austria; Mihaylov takes solo win, lead at Sibiu Cycling Tour; Yates injured as 1km-to-go gantry falls at the Tour de France; Kruijswijk extends with LottoNL-Jumbo for two years; Once among cycling’s best, Floyd Landis attempting to remake image; Degenkolb leaving Giant-Alpecin in 2017; Kalamazoo cyclist recovering from crash; Irish politician: “Ban cycling events”; ‘WADA Talks’ with Frankie Andreu; Tour de France, stage 6 on-board highlights; ORICA BikeExchange Backstage Pass, stage 6; Rider recreates grueling first mountain stage of 1910 Tour de France; Fans find unique ways to pass the time waiting for Le Tour; The show must go on!; Rigoberto Urán as rock star
Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) was left bloodied and bruised on today’s stage 7 of the Tour de France when the flamme rouge — the one-kilometre-to-go gantry — fell onto the roadway. The inflatable structure fell after the first five riders on the road had passed underneath: soon-to-be stage winner Steve Cummings (Dimension Data), Daryl Impey (Orica-BikeExchange), Dani Navarro (Cofidis), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), and race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC). All five riders had been part of an earlier breakaway.
Yates was riding on his own ahead of the peloton when he reached the flamme rouge, having attacked on the Col d’Aspin with 7km to go in the stage.
“At the top of the climb I followed Dan Martin who attacked and then I took a bit of a risk on the descent to try and get a gap, to try and get the white jersey,” Yates said after the stage. “Coming into 1km to go I had maybe five or so seconds.”
The gantry then fell directly in front of the 23-year-old Briton. “The barrier came down and I had probably 0.2 seconds to react,” Yates said. “That’s not long enough to pull the brakes. I just hit the barrier and that’s it. At the end of the day it’s a good job it was just me on my own and not a peloton on a sprint stage when we’re going 70-80km/h because then it could have been a lot worse.”
When the peloton reached the flamme rouge the gantry was on the ground and riders had to slow down and pass under a narrow section which bystanders had lifted off the ground. The bunch then rode calmly to the finish together.
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