Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 27, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Navardauskas takes Bahrain-Merida inaugural win in San Juan TT; Greipel sprints to win in Challenge Mallorca opener; Kirsten Wild just pips Chloe Hosking in Race Melbourne photo finish; Sam Bennett sprints to victory at Race Melbourne, the Cadel’s Race curtain-raiser crit; Mark Cavendish: Merckx’s Tour de France record is now a realistic target for me; Cyclocross worlds preview: In Bieles, a new chapter will be written between the sport’s two young stars; French teams dominate wildcard selections for Tour de France, Paris-Nice and Critérium du Dauphiné; Retired pro cyclist Tom Zirbel shifts to triathlon; World Championship course proving to be a challenge; Former pro talks about battle with depression, suicide attempts; Vuelta a San Juan, stage 3 highlights; Video: Abu Dhabi Tour preview; Video: Tony Martin off to rocky start with Katusha-Alpecin.

World Championship course proving to be a challenge

by CyclingTips

The UCI World Championship course in Luxembourg is shaping up to be a challenge worthy of a rainbow jersey. But with snow and freezing temperatures over the past weeks, the course is proving even more difficult than was originally planned. One area of particular concern is an off-camber downhill section not long after the start.

UCI official Beat Wabel told Het Laatste Niuews that slights changes have been made to the course in consideration of the conditions, in particular to that downhill section

“They had trouble with the off-camber downhill section and we made it less severe. That made it safer. In the pros the technically gifted riders can fully ride until the end of the off-camber. The technical riders will benefit from the change.”

This guy was the clear fastest down this section by st least 10 seconds. He just straight sent it! #sendit #nvct

A video posted by Jeremy Durrin (@jeremydurrin) on

The course is currently frozen with snow, but a temperature increase combined with traffic over it during racing could turn it muddy. Either way, it is looking to be a great weekend of championship racing.

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