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by Matt de Neef
August 7, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Alexander Kristoff and Marianne Vos crowned European road champions; Mikel Landa takes out the Vuelta a Burgos; Peta Mullens, Chris Jongewaard take Australian Cyclocross titles; James Hayden wins the fifth Transcontinental Race; Cameron Meyer rejoins Orica-Scott in three-year deal; Andrey Amador injured in training crash; Lucas Hamilton targeting Tour de l’Avenir success; Ruth Corset on retirement and her career of two halves; Worst race ever? CCB duo survives rough Tour of Qinghai Lake; Former British champion Tim Harris and his Belgian Seat of Learning.
Alexander Kristoff (Norway) and Marianne Vos (Netherlands) will wear the white and blue jerseys of European champions for the next year after taking out the continental road race titles over the weekend.
A break of three made the early running in the elite men’s race, leading proceedings through the Danish countryside for 145 of the race’s 241km. The final 100km was host to a series of attacks and counterattacks, not least a move from Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway) with about 1km to go. But the race all came back together and it was Boasson Hagen’s compatriot Alexander Kristoff that took the win, getting the better of Elia Viviani (Italy) and Moreno Hofland (Netherlands) in the bunch sprint.
“I am happy to wear this jersey for a year as no one has seen it these last 12-months because Peter Sagan held it but also the rainbow jersey,” Alexander Kristoff explained. “We had a strong Norwegian team here and Edvald (Boasson Hagen) did a really good attack in the end where he almost won, so we had a good tactic there. We saw in the other races that late attacks made it to the final so we thought to try with Edvald. He’s a strong guy and it almost worked. He was only caught with 300 meters to go and then I managed to take the sprint.”
Wet and windy conditions set the scene for an aggressive and entertaining women’s race. Attacks began from the gun, and didn’t let up until the final kilometre. Olga Zabelinskaya (Russia) attacked from an elite lead group at the flamme rouge, prompting Marianne Vos and Giorgia Bronzini to follow. It was those three that contested the win, with Vos first and Bronzini second.
“I got a little worried in the final, with Bronzini, she’s very strong,” Vos said. “She beat me several times, so it’s not easy to win against her. But with such a strong Dutch team behind you, you sort of have to.”
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