Short news roundup: Tour du Limousin, Tour de Hongrie, Zico Waeytens, Tony Martin, Mark Cavendish
Aug 16 2018 05:38 am CET

Short news roundup: Tour du Limousin, Tour de Hongrie, Zico Waeytens, Tony Martin, Mark Cavendish
Short news roundup: Tour du Limousin, Tour de Hongrie, Zico Waeytens, Tony Martin, Mark Cavendish
Photo by ASO/Alex BROADWAY

The roundup of short news of the day includes updates on the Tour du Limousin, the Tour de Hongrie, a signing of Cofidis, Tony Martin's rumours and Mark Cavendish's participation at the Arctic Race of Norway.

Anthony Roux wins first stage at Tour du Limousin

The French national champion Anthony Roux (Groupama-FDJ) has taken the victory at the first stage of the Tour du Limousin (2.1). The rider is also the first leader of the race.

The stage had a breakaway of three riders that was caught just after the ten-kilometre mark. The day came down to a final sprint in which the French champion showed to have the better legs, crossing the line ahead of Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Jeroen Meijers (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij).

Manuel Belletti takes victory at Tour de Hongrie

Androni Giocattoli's Manuel Belletti has been the winner of the first stage at the Tour de Hongrie. The rider also climbed to the top position of the overall classification at the Hungarian race.

Belletti was the fastest man at the final sprint and crossed the line ahead of Matteo Moschetti (Polartec-Kometa) and Kamil Malecki (CCC Sprandi Polowice). The Italian took the leader's jersey from Patrick Schelling (Vorarlberg Santic), who was the winner of the race's prologue.

Cofidis signs Zico Waeytens

Cofidis has signed the Belgian rider Zico Waeytens to strengthen the team in the sprints. The rider has been in Topsport Vlaanderen, Sunweb and Veranda's Willems-Crelan.

"I am very happy and especially proud to join Cofidis Credits Solutions, a team with a history in the world of professional cycling," said the rider. "I am very motivated with the prospect of putting myself at the service of the leader in the sprints, but also in the classics. I was in charge of being the last or second to last rider in the sprint trains of (John) Degenkolb, (Marcel) Kittel and (Michael) Matthews in my previous teams. So I'm confident that we can do great things with the guys next season."

Dutch media link Tony Martin with LottoNL-Jumbo

The rumours of Tony Martin's departure from Katusha-Alpecin have been around for some days. Dutch broadcaster NOS has already given the information as confirmed, linking the rider with the Dutch team for 2019.

If the information is confirmed by the team and the rider, the four-time time trial World Champion would arrive at the team to support and join other strong specialists like Primoz Roglic, Steven Kruijswijk and Jos van Emden.

Mark Cavendish discards Arctic Race of Norway

Even though the race announced the Briton as one of the big stars to participate at the race, Dimension Data has confirmed that the rider hasn't recovered on time to start in the Scandinavian event.

"Mark Cavendish will not be participating as he continues his recovery that saw him advised to miss out on the recent European Championships in Glasgow. An update on Mark’s return to racing will be given in due course."



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