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Albasini wins in Italy, Wellens in Belgium, Denmark cancelled: Your Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 14, 2017

Photography by Today's feature image is from Switzerland and is by Tim Bardsley-Smith

Wellens solos to Grand Prix de Wallonie success; Albasini quickest in Coppa Agostoni sprint; Stage 2 of PostNord Danmark Rundt cancelled; Sarah Hammond wins her second consecutive Race to the Rock; Froome to lead Sky squad in world championship team time trial; Cycling Australia selectors told to reconsider women’s Road Worlds team; Brambilla moves to Trek-Segafredo on two-year contract; Aqua Blue Sport signs European Under 23 champion Pedersen; Dani King announces return to Revolution race series; Wiles moves to Drops Cycling Team; Knox turns pro with Quick-Step Floors; Video: Michael Rogers announces VirtuGo; Video: Adolf Silva Crash I Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2017.

Wellens solos to Grand Prix de Wallonie success

by Shane Stokes

Belgium’s Tim Wellens marked himself out as a contender for the world road race championships with an impressive solo victory in the Grand Prix de Wallonie on Wednesday. The Lotto-Soudal rider was part of the day’s eight-man breakaway, then attacked inside the last 20 kilometres on the climb of the Tienne Aux Pierres.

He time trialled from there to the line at Citadelle de Namur, winning an impressive one minute 22 seconds ahead of teammate Tony Gallopin. The Frenchman was able to bide his time and then attack hard, reaching the line a second ahead of Julien Simon (Cofidis) and Wellen’s teammate Tiesj Benoot. Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) was fifth, while Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) led in a chase group.

“I said this morning that I felt super-good, that I wanted to be a leader and that we had to make the course hard,” he said, according to Sporza. “That’s what the team did. The course was hard and the others sacrificed themselves for me. I should be grateful to them.

“In the end I could accelerate and get away because the others were tired. It’s nice to finish it here. Three kilometers from the finish I received congratulations from the team leader. That’s nice, and I could enjoy the Citadel a little. I want to hold super legs until the world championships.”

The decisive move happened on the Côte de Lustin, when eight riders went clear of an already-reduced lead group. Wellens then used this as a springboard, taking the win.

1. be
WELLENS Tim
Lotto Soudal
05:26:00
2. fr
GALLOPIN Tony
Lotto Soudal
1:22
3. fr
SIMON Julien
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
1:23

Today’s feature images is from Switzerland and is by Tim Bardsley-Smith.

  • Nitro

    Wishing Mick Rogers the best of luck with whatever he’s working on, but my reaction to “an ‘innovative new virtual cycling system that will gamify your indoor cycling experience, and take your performance to the next level” is likely to be the same as a lot of other peoples – That’s a one sentence summary of Zwift right there.

    If he’s got something that’s complimentary to / works with Zwift – awesome.

    If he’s planning on taking on those guys – Hmmmm…

    Oh – and in other news – I know there’s a complete article on Cycling Tips about it – but where’s the shoutout in the Daily News Digest for Sarah Hammond and her fellow (mad) RaceToTheRock competitors ?!?

    • De Mac

      Agree – Zwift fairly much nailed virtual cycling and did it in a clever way, by making it cost-free during the development phase. I’d still be keen to look at this new system, but it would want to be VERY good to attract people away from other platforms…

  • CHT

    Am I seeing this incorrectly or are Cycling Australia the most difunctionally belligerent sporting organisation in the country? Well done Chloe and Rachel for standing up to them. From the outside they appear to:
    1. Reduce support for women’s cycling when every other sporting code is increasing support and funding.
    2. They seem to focus on track when most of the country prefers road or mtb
    3. Provide little to no support to MTB even though our GC and climbers for the road predominately come from the dirt
    4. Spend their time fighting with MTBA
    5. Now I hear they are only filling 1 of the 3 allocated spots at the Commonwealth games for MTB XCO (may be a rumour but wouldn’t put it past them)
    Disclaimer: I’m not a woman and couldn’t be elite with all the EPO in the world.

    • Whilst I don’t quite agree with you on Track (ie there are a lot of pathway benefits there, but I do think there are a lot of historical hangups CA still have), I do agree with you on MTB, and MTBA. Whilst I don’t think brining MTBA back into the fold is the answer, growing MTBing would be great for getting more people riding and as you say, ultimately lead to getting great road racers. Now if Australia only fills 1 of 3 allocated spots at their home Commonwealth Games, that would be madness…

  • Gavin Adkins

    It’ll be interesting to see if the CA selectors double-down on their original decision.

    • DaveRides

      I can certainly see them continuing to leave Hosking out. Wrong course for her, and shouldn’t be hard to substantiate with hard data (i.e. placings in races with similar amounts of climbing) in the event she decides to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

      If they fill the last two spots, it should be either Neylan + Cromwell, or Neylan + a young rider (selection criteria allows the national coach the discretion to pick a development rider).

      • Bex

        yeh i don’t think Chloe challenged because she wasn’t selected, but more so because the two slots were left unfilled and what that said about Aus women cycling. I think they’ll have to fill both spots since they’ve effectively been told they haven’t selected enough women. I think they also have the option of sending the oceana champ as another extra so they’ve really got 3 slots.

        • DaveRides

          Last time I heard, the Oceania champion Lisen Hockings was working her way back from injury. She missed the Tour de l’Ardeche which was the last European race of the season for the women’s development team (the reports on the CA website written by head coach Marv Barras are a great read, I’d love to see him given a shot calling races on TV!)

          Lucy Kennedy would be a good pick to join Neylan, she just won the Tour de l’Ardeche with Neylan’s support.

          • Bex

            ah right. i thought shannon malseed was the oceana champ (must only have been last yrs); no good sending someone injured. there’s definitely a few options to fill the 2 spots.

            • DaveRides

              Last year, and second this year.

              I think the Oceania Continental Championship races are really quite embarrassing at the moment and probably not worthy of an extra place at the Road World Championships, certainly not if Australia is already qualifying a large team.

              An improvement would be to make it a joint race with the Asian Continental Championships (like the Czech and Slovak combined national championship race) held in Asia two out of every three years and Oceania every three years. Award the championship titles to the highest placed rider from each confederation, but the extra position for the Road World Championships to only the outright race winner.

              It would be positive for the development of cycling to open up Australian races to more teams/riders from Asia, and vice-versa.

  • DaveRides

    Brambilla is a great signing for Trek, he’ll be able to step out of the shadows a bit.

  • Bryan Duggan

    Kind of surprised Michael Rogers didn’t lead a crusade to do something about contaminated meat causing cyclists to inadvertently fail drugs tests, rather than this venture.

    Serves doping ban, ban is lifted, a month later he’s ripping up the field in the Giro d’Italia despite not having raced for 6 months.

    It would be great if dinosaurs like Rogers would ride off into the sunset and just leave the sport alone.

  • ZigaK
    • gregg boyer

      Thank you .

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