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Maximilian Schachmann wins the opening stage of the Vuelta al País Vasco, Niki Terpstra suffered a concussion at the Tour of Flanders, Rapha expands Cargo Shorts to Core range. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Schachmann wins opening TT at País Vasco
Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) took the first leader’s jersey at the Vuelta al País Vasco with a winning ride in the opening time trial. The 25-year-old German set the fastest mark on the 11.2-kilometer course, rolling across the finish line in Zumarraga in 17 minutes, 10 seconds.
EF Education First’s Daniel Martínez rode to runner-up honors, nine seconds behind Schachmann, with Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) rounding out the day’s podium, 10 seconds back.
“Many time trials I’ve been in front, and I’ve never won,” Shachmann said at the finish. “It’s a special victory for me.”
The short, rolling TT saw Quick-Step’s Enric Mas take early control of the hot seat, and the Spaniard spent about an hour there before Bora-Hansgrohe’s Patrick Konrad took over. Shortly thereafter, Schachmann bumped his own teammate out of the hot seat.
Despite the best efforts of Martínez, Kwiatkowski, and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Schachmann’s time remained unmatched.
Schachmann will take the race lead into Tuesday’s stage 2, a 150-kilometer trek from Zumarraga to Gorraiz with a handful of small climbs along the way and a slightly uphill finale.
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla) has built a reputation for delivering colorful post-race interviews, and she was in fine form on Sunday at the Tour of Flanders after finishing third there. Surely, there is a career in commentary awaiting the Danish all-rounder in the distant future, but fortunately she’s only 23, so we can probably expect plenty more enthusiastic interviews for years to come.
The funny moment of the day on the men’s side came thanks to presenter Linde Merckpoel and racer Stijn Steels (Roompot-Charles). After conducting a pre-race interview, Merckpoel went in for the standard cheek kiss, but Steels turned to the side she wasn’t expecting. Embarrassed smiles ensued.
Terpstra will miss Roubaix with concussion
Niki Terpstra (Direct Énergrie) started the Tour of Flanders among the top favorites as the defending champion, but he finished it with a trip to the hospital. The 34-year-old Dutchman crashed heavily with a little over 150 kilometers still to go in the race and spent several minutes on the ground while medical staff attended to him.
His management company, SEG Cycling, has since announced that Terpstra suffered a severe concussion in the fall, putting an end to his spring campaign, which he had originally hoped to continue at this weekend’s Paris-Roubaix, a race he won in 2014.
Travis McCabe takes Tour de Langkawi lead
American sprinter Travis McCabe (Floyd’s Pro Cycling) has moved into the overall lead at the Tour de Langkawi after winning the stage 3 bunch sprint on Monday. Such was McCabe’s dominance in the sprint that he was able to open a two-second gap by the time he crossed the line. In doing so, McCabe leapt ahead of overnight GC leader Marcus Culey (Sapura) to take the yellow jersey.
The eight-stage Malaysian 2.HC race continues today with the queen stage, which ends with the 20.5km climb up to Genting Highlands. Australia’s Ben Dyball (Sapura) is among the favourites for the stage.
Follow the link for results from stage 3 of the 2019 Tour de Langkawi.
GP Dottignies cancelled
The GP Dottignies, a UCI 1.2-rated one-day race and the third round of the women’s Lotto Cycling Cup, was cancelled shortly before riders were set to start racing.
Organizers of the event, won last year by Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu), pulled the plug at the last minute because there were not enough race motos to secure the course.
Beauty of Cycling
Another year, another Tour of Flanders in the books. As ever, the cobbles and climbs, the energy and the action made for one beautiful day of racing in Belgium.
Bontrager unveils new Aeolus saddle, R3 road tire
Bontrager has announced a new edition of their R3 road tires as well as the new Aeolus aero road saddle.
The manufacturer claims that the new R3 Hard-Case Lite “delivers more speed, a significantly longer tread life, and better protection against punctures.” Engineers made updates to the rubber compound used for the tire that they say increases tread life by 75 percent.
The new Aeolus saddle will come in three versions (Pro, Elite, and Comp) and combines a wider nose with shorter overall length in an effort to keep riders comfortable in the aero tuck.
Rapha expands Cargo Shorts to Core range
Fancy a little carrying capacity with your bib shorts? Rapha has expanded its cargo bib short offerings beyond the Explore range, bringing the mesh pocketed cargo bibs to its lower-priced Core range.
The Core Cargo is available as a bib for men, and a short for women. The new Core Cargo bibs come the announcement of new men’s and women’s Core jerseys, an updated rain jacket and a line of child-sized jerseys.