New pursuit world record; Gallopin solo at the Vuelta: Daily News Digest

An American shop mechanic just took three seconds off Jack Bobridge's pursuit world record, and Tony Gallopin stole the day at the Vuelta

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An American shop mechanic just took three seconds off Jack Bobridge’s pursuit world record, and Tony Gallopin stole the day at the Vuelta.

Story of the Day: A new world record in the individual pursuit

American Ashton Lambie set a new world record in the individual pursuit with a time of 4’07’251 at the high-altitude track in Aguascalientes, Mexico, topping previous record holders Jack Bobridge (4’10″534) and Chris Boardman (4’11″114). The ride comes shortly after a gold medal and new American record in the team pursuit.

So who on earth is Ashton Lambie?

He’s a moustachioed 27-year-old shop mechanic from Lawrence, Kansas, who only recently began riding with the U.S. track program. His route to the velodrome was unusual, passing through major gravel racing events like Dirty Kanza (where he was 6th), records in cross-state routes in the midwest United States, and a grass track in Lawrence. He began racing on the velodrome in 2016 and found himself on the newly revamped US endurance program this spring. Then today, he knocked three seconds off one of the most prestigious records in the sport.

“It’s incredibly humbling to think about this past year up to today,” Lambie said. “It’s been a lot of hard work, but trusting the process and making the right decisions day to day makes all the difference. The support from my family, the team and my coach has been so important. It’s amazing to have this result.”

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Race Radio

Gallopin wins Vuelta stage alone
Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale took a solo victory in stage 7 of the Vuelta a Espana, finishing just ahead of a charging but greatly diminished main field led by Peter Sagan.

Rudy Molard (Groupama FDJ) extended his lead as Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) crashed late in the race and was left chasing.

The finish should have been relatively straightforward, but a string of attacks and that late crash served to add a dose of unpredictability.

Kwiatkowski was off the back with 10km to when the attacks began in earnest. Luis Mas Bonet (Caja Rural) set off first, followed by Jesus Herrada (Cofidis). Gallopin went with just over 3km to go, rode through Herrada, and finished just ahead of the main field of fewer than 30 riders.

Dideriksen wins again at Boels Ladies Tour
Amalie Dideriksen (Boels Dolmans) made it two in a row at the Boels Ladies Tour, topping Lucinda Brand (Sunweb) and Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) in a bunch sprint to Weert.

Cylance’s Omer Shapira spend nearly the entire day off the front, dangling on her own. She was almost caught at the mid-point before the sprinter’s teams backed off again, leaving her to ride more than 100km solo.

Wiebes started her sprint early, with nearly 400 meters to go, and Dideriksen came around in the closing meters.

Ultra-endurance dot watching

Racing to the rock from the southernmost road in Tasmania
The tough Australian outback ultra-endurance event, Race to the Rock, is back on this year but this time it’ll be starting on the southernmost road of the southern state of Tasmania.

The tough self-supported ride through remote territory will be starting out from Cockle Creek in Tasmania on Saturday at 6.22, a time picked in memory of Mike Hall. After crossing Tasmania riders will then have to find a way across the Bass Strait — which separates the island state from mainland Australia — before setting off to the finishing line in the heart of Australia.

The race finishes after 3,569 kilometres at the sacred sandstone monolith of Uluru, and while the biggest challenge for most will be making it, those that want to race will undoubtedly have their attention focussed on Sarah Hammond.

Australia’s Hammond is the only winner of the race so far, making it to the rock first two years in a row. In the initial year floods ultimately mean she was the only one to get through the race, but in 2017 it wasn’t too long before she had company at the end of the 3,000-kilometre slog.

Can she make it three years in a row? You can find out by following the race via the live tracking dots and we will also have more updates on CyclingTips. For more information and regular update programmes you can also see the race page.


Stamping the fern back onto New Zealand Cyclocross

There’s going to be another national cyclocross champion crowned next year in a further step for the internationalisation of the sport, with New Zealand announcing that they’ll be bringing the fern imprinted jersey back to the rapidly growing mud-splattered cycling discipline.

New Zealand hasn’t held an official national cyclocross championship for the last five years, although it did actually hand out the title in 2012 and 2013. Unofficial national champions have been crowned in the meantime, but they haven’t had the recognition of the jersey, nor the UCI points that come with a national win and help secure a better start grid position.

New Zealand’s top cyclocross racer, Kim Hurst is now ranked 160th in the world, but if she’d had the points from her national championship win this year she’d be comfortably sitting in the world’s top 100. Hurst has been among those that have been instrumental in pushing for the reintroduction of the championships, to help provide a platform for the future growth of the sport.

With a sanctioned national championships now on the calendar in New Zealand we can only hope the next step may be another C2 race in the southern hemisphere, to complement Australia’s Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross which was held last weekend.

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