Villalobos wins at San Juan; strong field for Abu Dhabi Tour: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

January 24, 2018

Villalobos wins stage 2, takes race lead at Vuelta a San Juan; Benoot pleased with unexpected third place; Impressive lineup announced for Abu Dhabi Tour; Abu Dhabi route details unveiled; KordaMentha Real Estate – Australian national teams announced for Cadel Evans Great Road Race; INRNG on Armstrong’s lifetime ban and the Tour of Flanders; Ovett signs for Australian Cycling Academy; Strava expands with new office in Denver; Video: Abu Dhabi Tour 2018 – Official promo; Video: Abu Dhabi Tour 2018 – The jerseys

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race adds best young rider award

by CyclingTips

The best young male and female riders in this weekend’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will vie for the new Gerry Ryan Award, organisers announced yesterday.

Named in honour of the Melbourne businessman, the award recognises Gerry Ryan’s substantial contribution to Australian cycling. Speaking at the award’s announcement, Cadel Evans acknowledged Ryan’s “outstanding” commitment to the sport, and his efforts to “(provide) opportunities to ensure cycling in Australia remains at the forefront.”

Victoria’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren cited Ryan’s contribution to cycling over a number of years, from supporting Kathy Watt after she won Olympic gold in 1992, to sponsoring Cycling Australia programs and most recently the successful UCI WorldTour team Mitchelton-SCOTT.

Ryan, in Geelong ahead of the event, expressed his appreciation for the honour. “I’m thankful to have the award named after me. All I’ve ever wanted to try and do, whether in business or sport or whatever I’m involved in, is to make a difference,” Ryan said. “I’ve been fortunate in business life to be successful. So, I’ve got the opportunity to help young people realise their dreams and that’s what it’s about.”