Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 24, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bouhanni survives climb to win Catalunya stage; Pichon wins Coppi e Bartali opener; CCC Sprandi Polkowice takes TTT; Kristof Allegaert leads the Indian Pacific Wheel Race through the halfway point; Victorian cyclists miss out on minimum passing distance law; ASO strikes deal for race in China; Weening abandons Catalunya; Sporza secures rights for Flanders Classics through 2024; British Lord blames cycle lane for aiding Westminster attack; Lotto-Soudal boss hopes Dwars door Vlaanderen was a lesson; Girdlestone continues to defy odds, entering Le Race this weekend with top bib; World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry meets at Taipei Show; Van Garderen called out on social media for ‘rule infraction’; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; South America Bites : A New World Record.

Kristof Allegaert leads the Indian Pacific Wheel Race through the halfway point

by Matt de Neef

Belgian ultra-endurance racer Kristof Allegaert has passed the halfway mark in the inaugural Indian Pacific Wheel Race having covered an incredible 2,775km in the six days since the race began in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Allegaert has led the solo, unsupported bikepacking race from day 1 and, at the time of writing, is making his way into the South Australian capital of Adelaide. British rider Mike Hall has held firm in second place since the opening day of the race and is currently 60km behind Allegaert.

Melbourne’s Sarah Hammond currently sits in third place having covered nearly 2,550km to date. The Race to the Rock winner is roughly 180km behind Hall but 90km ahead of fourth-place having overtaken Seb Dunne in the early hours of this morning as Dunne rested in Wilmington.

While the opening days of the race have been defined by long, straight and flat sections of road, the riders are now facing the first notable sections of climbing. From Port Augusta to Adelaide, and through the Adelaide Hills, the riders will get their first real taste of climbing and descending before heading south east towards the Victorian border.

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To follow the Indy Pac in real-time, visit the live-tracking website MAProgress. To catch up on the many incredible stories coming out of the Indy Pac, be sure to follow the hashtag #IPWR on social media.