CX World Cup round 5, Calls for Froome to race Giro: Your Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

November 27, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Cant win round 5 of the CX World Cup; Van der Poel and Cant win at Flandriencross; Eddy Merckx, Fabio Aru want Chris Froome to ride the Giro d’Italia in 2018; Yoann Offredo fined 700 Euros for April altercation; Carlee Taylor to finish international career with Holden Women’s Racing; Chris Boardman: Compulsory helmet laws won’t make riding safer; BMW keen for elevated cycling paths.

Carlee Taylor to finish international career with Holden Women’s Racing

by Simone Giuliani

Australia’s Carlee Taylor has announced she’ll ride for Holden Women’s Racing in 2018 as she says goodbye to international racing at the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under in Adelaide.

The 28-year-old announced last month that she had decided to draw an end to her international career, which saw her race for teams including Lotto Soudal Ladies, Orica-AIS and Team Liv-Plantur. Her current team is Ale-Cipollini, but walking away from UCI racing when her contract finishes at the end of this year would have meant missing one last chance to race in front of a home town crowd at the Santos Women’s Tour.

The growing South Australian event, which now has a 2.1 UCI classification, should suit the Australian climber more than ever in 2018, with an extra road stage and even a hilltop finish.

“I really wanted to have Tour Down Under as my final big race at the UCI level and today I announced that final race for me will be done with the Holden Women’s Racing team,” Taylor told Ella CyclingTips at the Holden Giro Della Donna on Sunday. “It’s going to be pretty special to finish my career at that top level with an Australian team and a young up-and-coming team.”

While her international racing career may be coming to a close in January, Taylor still plans to keep competing with Holden at the National Road Series (NRS) level. Taylor said she is looking forward to being able to give back to women’s cycling by acting as a mentor to the top Australian NRS squad’s up-and-coming riders.