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Caleb Ewan’s seatpost didn’t slip this time at Bay Crits, Sky is sending Froome, Bernal and Sosa to Colombia, Sven Nys’s kid has serious skills, and Felt is back in the pro peloton. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Ewan, Hosking best at Bay Crits
On day 1 of the Bay Crits, Caleb Ewan’s chances of victory were scuppered by a loose seatpost. On day 2, he turned things around, taking his first win in Lotto-Soudal colours from a heavily reduced field on Geelong’s Ritchie Boulevard. In what was an all-WorldTour podium, Heinrich Haussler (Bahrain-Merida) took second, while stage 1 winner Marco Haller (Katusha Sports) was third, securing another day in the overall lead.
Earlier in the evening, Commonwealth Games gold medalist Chloe Hosking (Lexus of Blackburn) took victory from a breakaway of three riders. Hosking was too fast for Valentina Scandolara (Roxsolt Attaquer) and Matilda Raynolds in the sprint, putting herself into the equal overall lead (on 17 points) with Scandolara and stage 1 runner-up Rebecca Wiasak.
The Bay Crits conclude in Williamstown on Thursday but are followed immediately afterwards by the Australian Road Nationals in Ballarat which begin on Friday.
Viviani plots path to San Remo
Vincenzo Nibali’s attack on the Poggio last year was the end of Elia Viviani. The sprinter faded backwards, rolling across the line in a disappointing 19th. The first monument of the season is back in Viviani’s crosshairs.
“Milano-Sanremo isn’t an obsession, but I do think about it every time I ride my bike,” Viviani told Gazzetta dello Sport. He suffered in the rain and cold from Paris-Nice last year, and as his team chased Nibali in the finale he “simply ran out of legs.”
With an eye toward MSR, Viviani will open his season at the Tour Down Under and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race before heading to the UAE Tour at the end of February, Tirreno-Adriatico in March, and Milano-Sanremo on March 23rd. He’ll round out his first block of racing at Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne and Gent-Wevelgem.
Froome, Bernal, Sosa to Vuelta Colombia
Sky’s Chris Froome and Egan Bernal will both open their season with the Vuelta Colombia.
“My race programme next year is going to be a little different,” Froome said. “I’ll be starting off the year over in Colombia for a bit of a change. We’ll go and do a training camp out there up at altitude too, before going on to the UAE Tour. They are two races that I’ve never done before but I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into.”
Algarve announces attending teams
Early season stage race Volta ao Algarve announced the 24 teams that will line up in Portimão on February 20. Twelve of those teams are from the WorldTour: Deceuninck-Quick Step, Team Sky, Bora-hansgrohe, CCC Team, Groupama-FDJ, Lotto Soudal, Team Dimension Data, Team Katusha Alpecin, Team Jumbo-Visma, Team Sunweb, Trek-Segafredo and UAE Team Emirates.
Algarve is five stages long, features a 20km ITT on stage 3, and was won last year by Michal Kwiatkowski.
Tweet of the day
Sven Nys’s kid has some skills.
Rally UHC partner with Felt bicycles
Rally UHC will have both its men’s and women’s teams on Felt bikes for the next three years, the team announced.
Rally UHC is a continuation of last year’s Rally squad. The United Healthcare team disbanded at the end of 2018 and Rally picked up the health care company as a co-sponsor. UHC and Rally are part of the same company.
SRAM founder Stan Day steps aside to become chairman
SRAM’s co-founder and longtime CEO Stan Day is stepping aside and the company’s former COO, Ken Lousberg, is now CEO.
Day led SRAM for 31 years, from the early easy of Grip Shift through to eTap. Read more at Bicycle Retailer.
On this day in… 1960
Fausto Coppi died at the age of 40. The prolific Italian was a great champion on both sides of the second world war. He won five editions of the Giro d’Italia, two Tours de France, five editions of Lombardia, three editions of Milano-Sanremo, and a Paris-Roubaix, among a long list of other victories. He also took the world hour record in in 1942 with a distance of 45.7978km.
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