In today’s Daily News Digest: Elia Viviani wins Driedaasge de Panne; Thomas de Gendt wins solo in Catalunya; Canyon-Topeak and Investec Songo Specialized take wins at Cape Epic; The life and death of the Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race; CyclingTips Podcast: Driverless cars, Milan-San Remo, and a Tour de France tangent; Proper disc-brake bed-in; Scott Sunderland out of action due to new concussion; Funding for walking and cycling infrastructure falls short in Australia; Minali wins stage 4 of the Tour of Langkawi; UCI launches next phase in testing for hidden motors
De Gendt wins solo in Catalunya; the longest day at Cape Epic: Daily News Digest
Stage 3 of the Absa Cape Epic saw a three-peat from the Investec Songo Specialized team of Annika Langvad and Kate Courtney, while on the men’s side, Alban Lakata and Kristian Hynek crossed the line ahead of Specialized’s Jaroslav Kulhavy and Howard Grotts.
Langvad and Courtney now lead the Spur team of Ariane Lüthi and Githa Michiels by 5’39”. Kulhavy and Grotts took the overall lead from Cannondale Factory Racing by 2’12”.
In the men’s race, Canyon-Topeak and Investec Songo Specialized made their intentions known early, separating from the rest of the field. The two teams battled it out the rest of the day. Specialized suffered a few untimely flats but Kulhavy’s engine kept them in play.
“It was a good stage and we tried to go for it, said Grotts. “I was suffering like a dog out there. It is probably the most I have ever suffered in any race but it was worth it – we are also in yellow so that’s great.”
Langvad and Courtney were once again in a class of their own. The duo crashed near the finish while trying to pass one of the male riders, but held onto their lead comfortably.
“The thing about this terrain is that it is so rough and you can have mechanicals,” said Langvad. “Even on paper it looks like a comfortable lead but you still need to perform solidly because it is so unpredictable and a lot of things can happen out there.”