Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 8, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Porte time trials to victory on stage 4 of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Niewiadoma takes impressive solo stage win on day one of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Froome disappointed with time trial performance; Contador: ‘The most important thing is that I felt good’; British Cycling asks Team Sky to quit Manchester velodrome, will overhaul medical services; Mitchelton-Scott makes European debut with Baby Giro participation; Battle raging in Trans Am 2017; Video: Richie Porte post-race interview – stage four, Critérium du Dauphiné; Video: Team WNT riders on the OVO Energy Women’s Tour

Battle raging in Trans Am 2017

by Simone Giuliani

As the 7,000 km (4,300 mile) Trans Am ultra-endurance race rolled toward day five it was a show of strength from the local riders, with the top four positions taken by racers from the United States.

Benjamin Colwill, who came fifth last year, had been holding the lead since taking over from early frontrunner Andrew Suzuki after the 22 year old’s powerful start was brought to a halt by severe neck problems. The 43-year-old Colwill made his move in the early hours of the morning on Monday. He leapfrogged eight riders while they rested to take the lead and carve out a significant gap.

However, heading toward Yellowstone as the day was nearly ready to dawn on Wednesday Jon Lester had reeled Colwill in and at 5:30 am PDT the pair were neck and neck as they clocked up 1767 kilometres (1098 miles) of racing. Peter Andersen was in pursuit at just over 20 kilometres behind. Trans Am veteran and previous top ten finisher Evan Deutsch was in fourth and French rider Sofiane Sehili in fifth.

The early pace in the race across the United States has been close to the record set by British ultra-endurance giant Mike Hall in 2014 and is currently ahead of the pace set by last year’s winner and women’s record holder Lael Wilcox [see previous article here). In fact if Janie Hayes, in 11th place, continues this way Wilcox’s women’s record could be in danger. At 5:30am PDT on Wednesday Hayes was ahead of it by over 20 kilometres.

Click through to the Trans Am website to find more information on the race and to follow the live tracking.

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