IndiPac cancelled; Adrien Costa bows out, for now: Daily News Digest

In today’s Daily News Digest: Adrien Costa gives up his spot at Hagens Berman Axeon; 2018 Indian Pacific Wheel Race cancelled; Fernando Gaviria wins first stage of Colombia Oro y Paz; Dylan Groenewegen fastest in Dubai; beautiful photos from the cyclocross world championships; Gallery: the Jayco Herald Sun Tour; Cavendish mulls switch to motorbikes after cycling; a Superbowl ad for the state championships; hero’s welcome at Colombia Oro y Paz

Adrien Costa gives up his spot at Hagens Berman Axeon

Rising American star Adrien Costa will not return to racing with Hagens Berman Axeon this season, the team announced Monday. Sean Bennett of CCB Foundation-Sicleri Cycling Team will take his place on the team. Costa turned down a spot on the prolific development program headed by Axel Merckx following a long break from racing that …

2018 Indian Pacific Wheel Race cancelled

The 2018 edition of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race, an unsupported race from ocean to ocean across Australia, has been cancelled by the race’s organisers, citing an ongoing legal process following the death of Mike Hall during the 2017 event. “As you’re probably aware, the matter of Mike Hall’s death is before the A.C.T. Coroner’s …

Gaviria takes first stage of Colombia Oro y Paz; Quintana crashes

Fernando Gaviria lept off a perfect leadout from his Quick-Step Floors team — a leadout so powerful that it gapped all Manzana Postobon’s Juan Sebastian Molano — to take the first stage of his home race, Colombia Oro y Paz. The first three stages of the new Colombian stage race are primed for the sprinters. …

Gallery: In the mud at cyclocross worlds

Mud was the word of the weekend as the world’s best cyclocross racers traveled to Valkenburg, The Netherlands, to vie for the sport’s biggest honour; the rainbow jersey. Kristof Ramon and Cor Vos were there to capture the action, and we put together a big, beautiful gallery of their best shots.

Dylan Groenewegen fastest in Dubai opener

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) won a fast finish into Palm Jumeirah, taking the Dubai Tour’s first stage and the leader’s jersey. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana) crossed the line in second, followed by Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). The anticipated matchup between Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel never materialized, as both finished well back in the field, in …

Gallery: Jayco Herald Sun Tour

The Jayco Herald Sun Tour might be overshadowed by its bigger cousins — the Santos Tour Down Under and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race — but there’s still a lot to like about this humble UCI 2.1 race. It’s Australia’s oldest stage race, for a start, so it has a history that no …

Cavendish mulls switch to motorbike racing after cycling

He’s long been the fastest man on two wheels in cycling; in the future, all things going to plan, Mark Cavendish may well test his talents in motorbike racing. Speaking one day before the start of the Dubai Tour, Cavendish was asked about the possibility that he could swop the pedals for an engine at …

Fun at Froze Tose

Someone made a commercial for the Missouri State Road Race Championships and now we want to move to Missouri to join in the fun. That someone is Aaro Froese, a living legend in Missouri cycling circles, and the little ad comes hot on the heels of James Huang’s argument last week that road cycling needs …

A hero’s welcome at Colombia Oro y Paz

Seems Colombian cycling fans might like Rigoberto Uran. No one does fame like @rigobertouran. #vivacolombia #prettyinpink #efeducationfirst #cannondale #pocsports #newbalance #garminfitness #drapac #graciascolombia A post shared by Alex Howes (@alex_howes) on Feb 5, 2018 at 6:35pm PST

Strange Tweets and a possible hack from Vuelta a San Juan

This one’s a head-scratcher. Mid-day Monday, the Twitter account of the Vuelta a San Juan sent a message warning that there would soon be an announcement of a doping positive from its race, which was won by Gonzalo Najar over Oscar Sevilla last month. That Tweet was then removed, about an hour later. Tweet deleted. …