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by Matt de Neef
November 13, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jai Hindley takes overall honours at the Tour of Fuzhou; Van Aert and Van Looy win at Superprestige Gavere; Brown, Champtaloup win at the Tour of Margaret River; Gianni Moscon breaks wrist in gym accident; Dirt roads return to Gent-Wevelgem in 2018; Dani Moreno to join EF Education First-Drapac; Former mechanic defends Cancellara against motor doping claims; 60-year-old cops doping ban, blames wife for spiking drink; Luke Rowe’s road to recovery; Highlights from the Urban Cycling World Championships.
The Tour of Margaret river concluded over the weekend with a stage on Saturday and a double-header on Sunday.
Rated as one of Australia’s best junior prospects before being struck down by illness, Bradley Linfield (Melo Velo) team rediscovered some form and took out Stage 2 on Saturday. In the women’s event, it was once again Holden Women’s Racing that dominated the rest of the field. Emma Pooley got the win on the line, while Lisen Hockings was second and Grace Brown third.
Sunday’s double-header saw the riders tackle a 71 kilometre stage into Balingup with a hilltop finish, before a return-leg, 42 kilometre team time trial to Nannup. A break got away on stage 2 of the men’s race which was eventually whittled down to two riders. Rounding the final corner with 100m to go, Guy Kalma (Pedal Mafia 1) launched off ahead of Matthew Champtaloup (Santic) and took the win on the Queen stage of the race. For the women, an early crash in Cundinup disrupted the bunch. However, for the Holden Women’s Team, it was business as usual, with Grace Brown leading a 1-2-3-4 finish for the team.
In the men’s final team time trial Santic GDT Racing beat the Dome Coffee team by six seconds to take the stage win and the team classification win after Melo Velo once again faltered in the time trial. Champtaloup, having gained the most individual points, claimed the champions jersey for the Open Division. “I wasn’t expecting the win,” said Champtaloup, “I just want to thank the team for their efforts – after all, it’s a team race.”
In the women’s category, Holden stormed past the remnants of many open division teams to take a decisive victory once again. With four stage victories in four days, Holden won the team classification, with Grace Brown winning the best individual rider classification. “It’s always a pleasure riding with these girls” said Brown.
Follow the link for results from stage 2, stage 3 and stage 4 of the Tour of Margaret River.