Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today:
Marianne Vos is having a great couple months. Michael Matthews has his first road race win for the year. Elia Viviani now has 15. This and plenty more in today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest.
Quote of the day
“This is a result one can only dream of.”
– WaowDeals sports director Jeroen Blijlevens after Marianne Vos’ demolition job at the Ladies Tour of Norway.
Story of the day: Vos’ clean sweep
If you thought Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) was slowing down, well, you’d be wrong. The three-time road world champion might have had a leaner few years on the road (by her lofty standards) but boy has she made up for it in Scandinavia this past week.
— WaowDeals Pro Cycling (@WaowDealsPC) August 19, 2018
First it was the Crescent Vargada one-day WorldTour race in Sweden where Vos swooped deftly through that final corner to get the jump on the sprinters and take the win. Then, at the Ladies Tour of Norway, the Dutchwoman took out all three stages to also win the general classification (for the second year running) and the points classification for good measure.
All three stage wins in Norway were off the back of the 31-year-old’s formidable sprint, and all three were Vos at her very best — biding her time, waiting for precisely the right moment, then kicking past her rivals to add to her ridiculous palmares.
Vos has been at her dominant best in recent months, winning a stage of the Giro Rosa (her 20th career victory there), a stage and the overall at the BeNe Ladies Tour, and now her successes in Sweden and Norway. The net result: she now leads the UCI WorldTour rankings which, somewhat remarkably, is a first for her:
— UCI_WWT (@UCI_WWT) August 19, 2018
Five races remain in the Women’s WorldTour for 2018, the first of which is Saturday’s one-day GP de Plouay. Vos will be there, and there’s every chance she’ll be on the top step again.
Mohoric wins the Binck Bank Tour
It was a breakaway on stage 3 of the Binck Bank Tour (formerly the Eneco Tour) that propelled former U23 world champ Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) into the overall lead. He finished fourth that day, over a minute ahead of the bunch, and would hold on to the overall lead through the remaining four stages.
Magnus Cort (Astana) took out stage 5 from a small break, Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 6 after a late solo attack, and Michael Matthews (Sunweb) won the final stage — his first road victory of the year (he won the Tour of Romandie prologue in April).
Mohoric held firm throughout, riding to the first stage race victory of his career.
Viviani wins EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg
Over in Germany, at Cyclassics Hamburg, Elia Viviani (QuickStep Floors) was taking his 15th individual victory of the season — easily the most of any rider. It came down to a sprint, as the one-day WorldTour race usually does, and for the second year running Viviani finished just ahead of Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ).
Chernetski takes out the Arctic Race of Norway
While Marianne Vos was making headlines for her domination of the Ladies Tour of Norway, it was Sergei Chernetski (Astana) that was winning the concurrent men’s event: the Arctic Race of Norway. The 28-year-old Russian was consistent throughout the week, finishing second, third, fifth and eighth on the race’s four stages. It was Chernetski’s presence in the race-winning breakaway on stage 2 that netted him the overall lead and then the victory.
Also starring at the race was Dutch prodigy Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) who won stages 1 and 4 and showed, yet again, that regardless of the discipline, he’s the real deal.
Gavin Mannion and Katie Hall victorious at Colorado Classic
Americans Gavin Mannion and Katie Hall, both riding for UnitedHealthcare, were crowned winners of the second Colorado Classic Sunday in Denver. Both riders won the Stage 2 uphill time trial in Vail, and held the race lead across two more stages to take the overall victory. In fact, the top three from the time trial finished on the final podium, in order, in both the men’s and women’s races.
The wins were bittersweet for UnitedHealthcare, which is losing its title sponsor in 2019 and will likely see the end of both its men’s and women’s programs. Kendall Ryan (TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) won the final stage of the women’s race, a circuit race in Denver, while Travis McCabe (UHC) won the final stage in the men’s race (see image above).
Ayden Toovey takes second-straight NRS win
Former Trek-Segafredo stagiaire Ayden Toovey (Bennelong-SwissWellness) has continued his great run of form in Australia’s National Road Series (NRS), winning the Tour of the Great South Coast just weeks after winning Battle Recharge. Toovey won the six-stage race by 16 seconds ahead of final-stage victor Raphael Freienstein (InForm-MAKE) with Nicholas White (Oliver’s Racing) third at 34 seconds.
Toovey moved into the lead on stage 2 when he won solo in Mt Gambier. Other stage winners throughout the race included Michael Freiberg (Bennelong-SwissWellness), Sam Welsford (ACA), Jason Thomason (Van D’Am Racing) and Liam Magennis (Drapac EF).
Follow the links for results from the 2018 Tour of the Great South Coast.
Vuelta line-up getting stronger by the day
This year’s Vuelta a España line-up is looking terrific. We already knew that several big GC names would be in attendance, trying to make amends for Tour de France misfortunes (Richie Porte, Vincenzo Nibali, Rigoberto Uran). Steven Kruijswijk and George Bennett will also be there for LottoNL-Jumbo. Now it seems the race will also have a great sprint line-up as well.
Peter Sagan confirmed his participation the other day, and this year’s best sprinter, Elia Viviani, will also be there. It’s shaping up as one of the best Vuelta startlists we’ve seen in recent years. Stay posted to CyclingTips this week for a full preview of the race.
Silk Road Mountain Race gets underway
The first edition of the 1,700 kilometre Silk Road Mountain Race set off into wild weather over the weekend. There were nearly 100 riders taking off to follow gravel, double-track and old unmaintained Soviet roads through the remote mountains of Kyrgyzstan. In total, there’s a staggering 26,000 metres of climbing for the riders to tackle.
There was no easing into the climbing for riders of the gruelling self-supported adventure race. No sooner did they navigate their way out of the city of Bishkek, than they were faced with the brutal Kegety pass which rises to 3,780 metres. The steep climb on scree tracks became even harder to tackle as the weather rolled in. This created big splits in the field early, as some waited the storms out and others forged on.
RECAP | Day 1 . Being underway for less than eighteen hours, the first stage of the PedAL ED Silk Road Mountain Race has been anything but an easy start for the contestants, nor the control cars. Leading the pack for now is Jay Petervary, who has been bunny hopping for first position with Belgium Kim Raeymaekers since the start. . But the unpredictable conditions of Kyrgyzstan’s alpine landscape already left their mark on this epic race, showing off their muscles to both riders and the organisation. A sudden and severe snowstorm, which started late afternoon stopped many of the contestants on their way to the first high peak of the parcours: the 3,780m Kegety pass. . While part of the riders in the front of the field managed to get through, many decided to camp at the bottom to wait out the storm. The fierce weather conditions also managed to nearly demolish one of the control cars when it got stuck in the cold mud on top of the pass and started sliding off the steep track. . With a now serious gap arising between the front and back of the field, it will be interesting to see what the coming days will bring. Climbing up to the north shore of Song Kul lake and making their way around the west side of the lake, the first riders are expected to approach Checkpoint 1 late Sunday or early Monday. But for many of the contestants this first refuge will still be a long way ahead. . . ???? @gianmarco_dv #SRMRno1 #silkroadmountainrace #ultradistancecycling #bikepacking #bikeracing #trailslikethese #dressliveride
By the evening on the second day of racing, experienced American Jay Petervary, who has won the icy Alaskan Iditarod race multiple times, was out front. He had covered nearly 400 kilometres, and had a lead of over 20 kilometres on Belgian Kim Raeymaekers and French rider Pierra-Arnaud Magnan. Czech rider Jan Kopka was next with British rider Lee Craigie in fifth.
To follow the riders as they tackle the challenging terrain you can link through to the tracking site.
Moreno Hofland to EF Education First-Drapac
After two seasons with Lotto Soudal, Dutch sprinter Moreno Hofland will join Education First-Drapac in 2019 on a two-year deal.
“I’m really looking forward to riding for an international team,” said Hofland. “I think it’s really cool to have Danes, Italians, Spanish, Colombians, Australians, Dutch and, of course, Americans working together [on a team]. This will be new for me, and I always like to try new things.”
L’Etape Colombia’s questionable marketing
There’s been no shortage of sexist marketing campaigns in the world of cycling in recent years. And, understandably, there’s significant backlash whenever they happen. Which is why it’s surprising to us that L’Etape Colombia decided to use a nude, body-painted model to drum up interest for their upcoming ride.
We’ve decided not to embed the image in this post, but you can find it here if you so desire. As for L’Etape Colombia: get with the times, folks.
Kiwi minister rides to hospital to give birth
Check out this Instagram post from New Zealand’s Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter.
Beautiful Sunday morning for a bike ride, to the hospital, for an induction to finally have this baby. This is it, wish us luck! (My partner and I cycled because there wasn’t enough room in the car for the support crew… but it also put me in the best possible mood!) #42weekspregnant #cycling #bicyclesarethebest
Happy birthday to…
Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM), who turned 24 over the weekend:
????We have a birthday girl in the bunch today – did you know? @alexismryan is 24 now! So of course we asked the American, if she liked our birthday ????: the rain. Watch what she had to say! #lton18 #UCIWWT pic.twitter.com/aL7eTCivgp
— UCI_WWT (@UCI_WWT) August 18, 2018
Also turning 24 was Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors). Turning 21 was Adrien Costa, the American former cyclist who tragically lost his leg in a climbing accident in July.