In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Arnaud Demare takes stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Tiesj Benoot solos to Strade Bianche win; Anna van der Breggen takes solo win at Strade Bianche; Matej Mohoric wins GP Industria & Artigianato; Remi Cavagna leads QuickStep Floors 1-2 at Dwars door West-Vlaanderen; Chloe Dygert smashes individual pursuit world record and takes rainbows; Richie Porte to miss Tirreno-Adriatico due to illness; Tejay Van Garderen out of Paris-Nice after team-car collision; Lucy Kennedy impresses in first European classic; UCI official suffers serious head injury at Track World Championships; Wout van Aert’s double-leg cramp.
Daily News Digest: Strade Bianche, Paris-Nice, Porte out of Tirreno-Adriatico
American track and road star Chloe Dygert has claimed her fifth world title on the velodrome, the 21-year-old winning the individual pursuit at the Track World Championships in Appeldoorn on Saturday.
Dygert lapped world time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten to finish the 3km effort in 3:20.06, a new world record and her second straight IP world title. While that time was impressive, it was Dygert’s time in qualifying that was most remarkable. The American’s time of 3:20.072 was enough to break the previous world record by 2.19 seconds, that time having been set by Sarah Hammer, at altitude, in 2010.
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“We had a little faster goal and I was really hoping to get that, but coming away with a little faster than my ride this morning is still great,” Dygert said after winning the gold medal. “I’m excited and ready to walk away to the next race to try and go faster.
“It’s really special, any time you can be in the rainbow stripes it’s quite an honor.”
In addition to her two IP world titles, Dygert is also a three-time team pursuit world champion. She’s also won two junior world titles on the track and two on the road.