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by Matt de Neef
September 25, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Sagan claims record-breaking third world road race title; Chantal Blaak solos to world title; Kevin Rivera wins the Tour of China II; Marcus Culey leads Australian 1-2-3 at the Tour de Moluccas; Kristoff – With 150m to go I thought I’d be world champion; Gianni Moscon disqualified from world championships; Megan Guanier ends season with broken jaw; U23 rider hospitalised after car swerves into him at Worlds; How the Race Was Won – Women’s World Championships road race; Fishing for oBikes in Melbourne’s Yarra River.
Chantal Blaak traded in her Dutch national champion’s kit for the rainbow jersey on Saturday as she crowned herself world champion with a gutsy solo in Norway.
Still bleeding after an earlier crash, Blaak shook her head as she came across the finish line solo. She’d ridden into the wind, chased down breaks, countered, and attacked. She’d hit the deck and believed her race was over when precious minutes ticked away as she tried to free herself from the jumble.
When she found herself in a promising break in the final lap of the race, everyone had looked to Dutch race favourites Anna van der Breggen and Annemiek van Vleuten. And so she attacked, sneaking away while others gambled.
“I can’t believe it,” stated Blaak, tears glistening in her eyes. “When I crashed, it took long [to get back] and I thought my race was over. I never expected to win. I just wanted to make it the best as possible for the team. I just followed my heart.”
In the sprint for second, Australian Katrin Garfoot came out on top, taking home her second World Championship medal of the week. Defending world champion Amalie Dideriksen rounded out the podium.
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