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What is certainly one of the biggest virtual races yet is underway.
The Digital Swiss 5, a collaboration between Velon and the Tour de Suisse taking place on the Rouvy platform and featuring quite a few big names, kicked off with its opening day of racing on Wednesday.
Perhaps unsurprisingly for a competition where power is paramount, Rohan Dennis took a decisive victory on the day.
We’re going to go out on a limb here and assume it won’t be the last time the world time trial champ wins a virtual race.
Until next time, readers.
| Dennis triumphs in Digital Swiss 5 opener
The Digital Swiss 5 got underway on Wednesday with a (virtually) mountainous stage 1, and it was Rohan Dennis who proved strongest on the day, perhaps unsurprisingly considering his world-beating power and the nature of the Rouvy platform, which does not feature drafting and thus rewards the big engines even more.
Dennis pulled away from his rivals early and held on to take a commanding victory with an advantage of 1:10 over runner-up Nicolas Roche, with James Whelan a further 18 seconds back in third.
| A September Giro Rosa?
Although the UCI recently announced various details of rescheduling plans for the men’s calendar, the governing body has provided little information about the future of the 2020 women’s calendar up this point. The women’s division of the CPA, however, says that it is discussing the schedule with the UCI.
According to RAI, a September Giro Rosa – which would run concurrently with the several stages of the Tour de France – is currently being considered as part of those talks.
| Denk: ‘We as a team are ready to race until Christmas’
Bora-Hansgrohe manager Ralph Denk says his team is prepared to go late this season if circumstances call for it, even if that means extending the calendar into December.
“If we ride the Tour in September, the World Championships and the Giro could take place in October,” Denk told the Frankfurter Allgemeine. “The Vuelta could also be driven into December as the season climax. We as a team are ready to race until Christmas. If we get the five monuments like Paris-Roubaix squeezed in, we would have saved almost everything in cycling.”
USA Cycling’s Virtual Race League gets underway
The USA Cycling Virtual Race League, a weekly series of races for both men and women across several categories, has officially begun as of Wednesday.
The races, held on Zwift, are currently scheduled each Wednesday from this week through June 24.
| Moving Pictures
Amid some recent chatter about the Nairo Quintana-Chris Froome rivalry, YouTuber Bas Tietema has delivered with another brilliant video.
Meanwhile, in lieu of the actual Paris-Roubaix, we were extremely impressed by this video from the family of VeloClub member Craig Simons.
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| Viathon G.1 GRX 600 gravel bike review: Carbon at alloy pricing
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| From the Top Podcast: Building Canyon Bicycles
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Farewell, Pat Malach
Closing out the Daily News Digest on a more somber note, CyclingTips is mourning the loss of a member of our small cycling media community this week. Pat Malach, who spent the better part of the last decade with Cyclingnews, has passed away. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.
Our thoughts are with our friends at Cyclingnews and with everyone else in the cycling world, which won’t be the same without him.
Today’s featured image of Julian Alaphilippe and Jakob Fuglsang at La Flèche Wallonne, which was initially scheduled to run on Wednesday, comes from Kristof Ramon.