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Will 13 be a lucky number for Marianne Vos? The Dutchwoman is seeking a thirteenth world championship title. Also, Trek-Segafredo is switching to SRAM in 2019 and the Aussie summer crit scene is heating up with WorldTour pros heading Down Under. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Vos seeks lucky number 13
Marianne Vos is a 12-time world champion. Seven of those are in cyclocross, three on the road, and two on the track. That’s quite a remarkable number and even more impressive when you consider the last of her world titles came at the 2014 cyclocross world championships when she was just 26 years old.
“Even though I now have twelve rainbow jerseys, a thirteenth would be very nice,” Vos told De Telegraaf. “I do not need to prove that I am back again, but it is definitely something to work towards. If that’s all right on that day, that’s the best feeling you can have.”
The last few years for Vos have been a struggle with injury and illness. 2018 did not get off to the way she wanted, but she sure found her groove. Vos ended the 2018 road season strongly and hopped right into cyclocross where she currently leads the world cup standings.
The Vos of old is back. A dominant force over multiple disciplines. The 31-year-old is most certainly in the running for the ‘cross world title in February and has already stated the road world championships in Yorkshire in September are a big goal of hers.
An on-form Vos does to women’s cycling is what Tiger Woods does to golf. Her dominance and panache attracts an audience and makes for must-watch racing. The results are hopefully attracting more fans (at times, women’s cyclocross viewership has surpassed that of the men’s this season) and getting more people out on bikes.
Note: Vos is unable to race in the new CCC-Liv kit until January 1 due to her contract with WaowDeals.
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Trek-Segafredo announces SRAM partnership
Trek-Segafredo’s men’s and women’s programs will ride SRAM in 2019. Both teams will ride SRAM Red eTap and HRD hydraulic disc brakes. The men’s team previously rode Shimano’s top-tier Dura-Ace Di2 components.
Furthermore, it appears Trek-Segafredo will also be on SRAM’s new 12-speed group. It’s been spotted on team riders around Boulder, Colorado where many of CyclingTips’ U.S. staff reside.
Kicking off the Aussie summer of racing at the Shimano Supercrit
Internationally based pros are starting to flow back into Australia, so it’s time for the domestic fans to get a teaser of what’s ahead for a packed summer of racing at Sunday’s Shimano Supercrit.
In the women’s series Matilda Raynolds (Specialized Women’s Racing) and Brodie Chapman (Tibco-SVB) have only five points separating them. Though the pair are bound to have plenty of competition when it comes to the win on the day, with WorldTour riders like Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cipollini) on the start list. Raynolds team is also fielding last year’s winner Ashlee Ankudinoff, plus 2015 and 2016 winner Valentina Scandolara will be lining up with Roxsolt Attaquer.
In the men’s crit, it is Joel Walsh (GPM Stulz) and Raph Freienstein (Inform-MAKE) with only five points between them in the series. WorldTour riders joining the fray include Koen de Kort (Trek-Segafredo), Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Simone Clarke (EF-Drapac).
The Supercrit will be live streamed on the National Road Series Facebook page and the Foxtel Go app. The elite women’s race begins at 11.30am, with the men’s at 1.30pm. If you are going to watch in person, come and join us on CyclingTips corner.
De Jongh looks to get back behind the wheel in February
Steven De Jongh is in Sicily at Trek-Segafredo’s first official gathering in preparation for the 2019 season. He’s still recovering from injuries sustained during his bike crash in Spain earlier this fall but anticipates having no problem fulfilling his directing duties in 2019.
“I think that Etoile de Besseges will be my first race in the team car, but there’s still a big window to there,” De Jongh told Cyclingnews. “It’s progressing now, I don’t think that there is an issue for doing my job when the season starts.”
‘Gram of the Day
A flashback to when Mathieu van der Poel made an unbelievable save on one of the sandy descents at Zonhoven. The 2018 race takes place on Sunday.
There’s a place in Australia where mountains topped with ghostly forests tumble down to impossibly green fields, where red dirt tracks weave through pine plantations, and where crystal lakes reflect the stony peaks looming above them.
Click through to read more about Victoria’s High Country.
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