Compton gets No. 15; Cipo on trial, Dumoulin; Zwift: Daily News Digest

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Katie Compton is the undisputed Queen of U.S. cyclocross. The Colorado resident captured her fifteenth elite women’s title. Mario Cipollini faces trial in Italy on accusations of assault relating to an incident with his sister in 2017. Also, Tom Dumoulin will focus on the Giro in 2019 and Zwift has entered the world of eSports. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.

Story of the Day: Compton demonstrates superior skillset for No. 15

Katie Compton is the best U.S. cyclocross racer ever. Her superior bike handling skills were on full display during the cyclocross national championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

Every year Compton downplays her dominance and mentions something along the lines of how this could be the year someone dethrones her. However, it was not to be. She got stars and stripes jersey no. 15 on Sunday.

“It’s not just a win, but total domination,” race commentator Brad Sohner said as Compton navigated the final lap of the extremely slick and muddy course at Joe Creason Park.

Surprisingly, the national championship is Compton’s first win of this fall’s cyclocross season. The 40-year-old had notably been off her game for most of the year. She revealed in an interview with Cyclingnews just prior to this weekend’s race that multiple health issues derailed her to start the season. Compton detailed a leg pain issue over the summer, as well as allergy issues and a virus she got after the world cup in Bern, Switzerland.

Compton called the win “emotional” after the ups and downs on the season. She will fly to Belgium tomorrow and compete in the remaining world cup races before the world championships on February 2 in Bognese, Denmark.

Beauty of Cycling

Racing doesn’t always go according to plan. Alexander Forrester came to grief on one of the sandy descents during Sunday’s Superprestige Zonhoven cyclocross race.

Race Radio

Dumoulin to focus on Giro

RCS Sport was successful in wooing Tom Dumoulin back to Italy in 2019. The Dutchman confirmed in a video message from Team Sunweb’s training camp that the Giro d’Italia will be his main focus in 2019. The Italian grand tour features three individual time trials compared to just a single ITT at the Tour de France.

Dumoulin did say he may also ride the Tour for the general classification but is not sure yet and reiterated that the Giro will be the main focus.

Zwift reveals eSports league with pro team support

Zwift is jumping into the growing eSports market with a professional team only league, dubbed the KISS Super League. Four teams – Team Wiggins, Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes, Hagens Berman Axeon and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka U23 – have already committed to racing the series with more expected to be announced.

The first live race will take place at the series launch event in London on January 23.

Cipollini on trial

Former world champion Mario Cipollini will appear before the court in Lucca, Italy on charges of aggravated assault. The 51-year-old is accused of having beaten his sister, Tiziana, during an incident that occurred on April 4, 2017, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. Tiziana was the individual that reported Cipollini to authorities.

Cipollini won the World Road Race in 2002 and raced the Giro in the rainbow bands.

Jelly Belly manager announces new team

Former Jelly Belly team manager Danny Van Haute will head up a new U.S. Continental team for 2019. The team will be called Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis, according to a Facebook post by Van Haute. The Jelly Belly squad folded at the end of the season due to the longtime title sponsor ending its funding of the program after 19 years.

While details are limited on the program, Van Haute has revealed through speaking with various media outlets the program will be U25 focused. Furthermore, Specialized was mentioned in the initial post, which presumably means the team will ride Specialized bikes.

One of Jelly Belly’s biggest victories in the team’s 19-year tenure was Lachlan Morton’s overall victory at he 2016 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Photo: Cor Vos

Moving Pictures

Cycling film on shortlist for Academy Award nomination

Wonderful Losers. A Different World” is a film about the unglamorous side of professional cycling. The film, shot during the 2015 Giro d’Italia, highlights the suffering and sacrifice associated with competing at the top level. Lithuanian Arunas Matelis directed the movie and the film is on the shortlist to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

Academy Award nominations are announced on January 22 with the 91st Annual Academy Awards taking place on February 24.

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