The story of Ashton Lambie; Meyer wins in Britain: Daily News Digest

by CyclingTips

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American Ashton Lambie set a new individual pursuit world record and the story of how he got to that point is quite remarkable. The Tour of Britain saw the general classification contenders come out to play, but the breakaway stole the day. And the Vuelta a Espana is taking a rest after a hard and hot opening nine days of racing. This and more in today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest.

Tweet of the Day

Adam Blythe spoke candidly on Bradley Wiggins’ Eurosport show about the end of Aqua Blue Sport.

Story of the day: How a gravel rider broke the pursuit record

Two years ago, Ashton Lambie was a shop mechanic in Lawrence, Kansas, a gravel fiend, the fastest man to ride the 430-mile length of his home state, and a top finisher at Dirty Kanza. On Friday, he became the fastest man in history to ride 4,000 meters around a velodrome.

In the semi-final of the Pan American Championships, Lambie took more than three seconds off a world record set in 2011 by Jack Bobridge, and previously by the inimitable Chris Boardman, two men of impeccable track and time trial pedigree. In the final, Lambie again beat Bobridge’s old record, with a 4’09”. Three seconds taken by a gravel grinder.

This does not make a lot of sense, at first pass. It’s like an amateur marathoner setting a world record in the mile, or someone best known for swimming across the English Channel beating Michael Phelps in the 400-metre freestyle. It breaks all laws of athletic specificity. But the superficially strange can be clarified by some digging. Lambie is new to the track and his background is unorthodox, but he’s long shown the ability – mental and physical – to take on the world.

Click through to read more on Ashton Lambie.

Transfer News

Trek-Segafredo announced on the Vuelta a Espana’s first rest day that Alex Kirsch and Will Clarke will ride for the squad next year. Kirsch will be making the jump to the WorldTour, coming from the WB-Aqua Protect Veranclassic Pro Continental team. The Luxembourger finished runner-up in both the road race and individual time trial at the national championships in June. He was beaten by Bob Jungels (Quick-Step) on both occasions.

Clarke will be moving from one American WorldTour team to another, as the 33-year-old Australian has ridden for the Slipstream Sports program the last two seasons. In fact, the move for Clarke is a return to the team that he first raced for when he made the jump to the WorldTour. He raced for the then-named Leopard-Trek team in 2011.

Bora-Hansgrohe also announced that Jempy Drucker and Oscar Gatto have signed two-year contracts with the German-based squad. The team said the objective in signing both riders is to bolster the Classics team around World Champion Peter Sagan.

Race Radio

Meyer victorious out of breakaway in Britain

In a nail-biting finish, Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott) and Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF) were just able to hold off the peloton after being in the breakaway for almost the entirety of the second day of racing at the Tour of Britain. Meyer proved to have the faster finishing kick and took the win. It’s his second victory of the year after he won the individual time trial at the Commonwealth Games.

The 2018 season has been a resurgence on the road for Meyer. He walked away from the sport in 2016 before coming back to track cycling and then to the road with Mitchelton-Scott.

Patrick Bevin (BMC Racing) beat Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) to win the sprint for the final podium spot, two seconds behind Meyer.

Tonelli and Meyer are tied on time in the general classification, but the Italian will wear the green leader’s jersey on stage three due to better finish placings across the opening two stages.

Tuesday’s third stage is another hilly day, with a 127-kilometre route around Bristol.

Moving Pictures

Tour of Britain stage two highlights

Happy Birthday to …

Fred “Fast Freddie” Rodriguez (45), the American is the only four-time U.S. pro national road race champion. He made a career of sprinting against the world’s best in Europe and leading out Robbie McEwen before coming stateside and finishing out his career with the Jelly Bell team. He retired after the team time trial at the world championships in Richmond, Virginia in 2015.

One of Rodriguez’s best career results was getting second to Mario Cipollini at the 2002 Gent-Wevelgem. George Hincapie was third that year. Photo: Cor Vos

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