Ewan, Wiasak take nationals wins, road race to be shortened: Daily News Digest

Caleb Ewan wins his third-straight Australian criterium title; Rebecca Wiasak wins 2018 Australian women’s criterium title; Australian road race championships to be shortened; EF Education First begins season with ‘obvious areas of excitement’; Buchanan recovering from fractures after vehicle accident; Memorial ride on Thursday for Jason Lowndes; Video: Peter Sagan – Cycling Motivation: Ready for 2018; Video: Passo del Mortirolo (Mazzo) – Cycling Inspiration & Education

Caleb Ewan wins his third-straight Australian criterium title

BALLARAT, Australia (CT) – Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) has become the first man to win three Australian national criterium titles, the 23-year-old achieving that feat on the streets of Ballarat this evening. In what was his third Nationals crit win in as many years, Ewan comfortably beat Steele Von Hoff (Bennelong-SwissWellness) and Brenton Jones (Delko Marseille) …

Rebecca Wiasak wins 2018 Australian women’s criterium title

BALLARAT, Australia (CT) – Rebecca Wiasak (ACT) has taken out the elite women’s criterium at Australia’s FedUni Road National Championships, with the track-focussed athlete outfoxing the big teams to take out a tight sprint finish. The 2014 Australian crit champion Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-Scott) came second and two-time crit champion Kimberley Wells (Holden Team Gusto) battled …

Australian road race championships to be shortened

Extreme weather has forced the shortening of Saturday’s road races at the Australian Road National Championships in Ballarat. Due to a forecast maximum reaching 41ºC, race organisers made the decision to shorten the day’s events and modify the schedule “in the interests of the health and wellbeing of athletes, volunteers and spectators”. The U19 men’s …

EF Education First begins season with ‘obvious areas of excitement’

The former Cannondale-Drapac team, which is rebranded EF Education First – Drapac in 2018 – is about to get its season underway with new rider Mitch Docker in the Australian championships. CEO Jonathan Vaughters has spoken with optimism about what lies ahead, with Sep Vanmarcke and Tour de France runner-up Rigoberto Uran two of the …

Buchanan recovering from fractures after vehicle accident

Multiple BMX and mountain bike world champion Caroline Buchanan is facing a setback after a near-disastrous vehicle accident on Saturday. The 27-year-old Australian rider has been in hospital since, but is making good progess. “Buchanan was with a friend in an off-road vehicle on private property outside Canberra when the accident happened on Saturday afternoon,” …

Memorial ride on Thursday for Jason Lowndes

Talented Australian rider Jason Lowndes will be remembered on Thursday at the route of the national championships in Ballarat, Australia, with a large group of riders to ride a lap of the course in his memory. Lowndes died just before Christmas after he was hit by a car while out riding near Bendigo. He was …

Video: Peter Sagan – Cycling Motivation: Ready for 2018

Some images of the world champion, who will get his season underway this month

Video: Passo del Mortirolo (Mazzo) – Cycling Inspiration & Education

Joining the provinces of Sondrio and Brescia in northern Italy, the Passo del Mortirolo is the Giro d’Italia’s answer to a mischievous and often snow covered Passo di Gavia. Following a particularly legendary crossing of the Gavia in 1988, race organisers set out to find a suitable lower altitude alternative to take its place. Two …