Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

June 5, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Thomas De Gendt wins stage 1 of the Criterium du Dauphine; Greg Van Avermaet wins the Tour of Luxembourg; Team Sky takes narrow win in the inaugural Hammer Series event; Mathieu van der Poel victorious in the Boucles de la Mayenne;  Andrew Suzuki leads the Trans Am Bike Race; Chaves “so happy” to return to racing at the Dauphine; UCI president Brian Cookson announces bid for second term; India launches its first bike-share scheme; Peter Sagan’s newest TV commercial.

Andrew Suzuki leads the Trans Am Bike Race

by Simone Giuliani

On Saturday at 6am (PDT) a field of nearly 130 riders from around the world rolled off the start line in Oregon to begin the 7,000km (4,300 mile) Trans Am ultra-endurance race.

2017 begins as the dots leave Astoria. #tabr2017

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After 32 hours of racing 22 year-old rider Andrew Suzuki was in the lead having raced 770 km (479 miles). The American was followed by experienced Irish rider Donncha Cuttriss and French rider Sofiane Sehili. However, there is a long way to go in the race across the United States, which runs from Astoria to Yorktown.

Cuttriss is considered among the favourites as he has proven form, coming seventh in the Trans Am in 2015. There are also a number of other top-10 finishers from last year on the list of riders to watch as the race heads into the mountains. They include Evan Deutsch, currently in fourth, as well as Janie Hayes and Benjamin Colwill, who are both within 100 kilometres (60 miles) of the leader.

In 2016 Lael Wilcox took out the Trans Am, becoming the first American and first woman to win, also setting a new women’s race record of 18 days and 10 minutes. The late Mike Hall holds the overall record, with a time of 17 days 16 hours and 17 minutes which he set in 2014.

You can find more on the race and follow the live tracking on the Trans Am website.