McCarthy and Hosking win Cadel’s; Vakoc’s spinal surgery: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

January 29, 2018

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jay McCarthy becomes the first Australian to win the men’s Cadel’s Race; Chloe Hosking earns Commonwealth Games selection with Cadel’s Race win; Jelle Wallays wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a San Juan; John Degenkolb wins the final day of Challenge Mallorca; Toms Skujins solos to first victory with Trek-Segafredo; Van der Poel and Cant win at Hoogerheide CX World Cup; Peter Vakoc undergoes successful spinal surgery after training crash; Bob Jungels on the QuickStep Floors training camp crash; The beauty of the unsteered bicycle; Small bike, big character.

Chloe Hosking earns Commonwealth Games selection with Cadel’s Race win

by Simone Giuliani

Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cipollini) sprinted to victory at the women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on Saturday, sweeping up an impressive victory on a hilly course and a spot on Australia’s Commonwealth Games team in the process.

It’s usually a race won by a small group or solo breakaway but the bunch was determined to pull back a late break of Sabrina Stultiens (WaowDeals Pro Cycling), Katrin Garfoot (KordaMentha Real Estate) and world number one Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott).

In the end the bunch swallowed up the final break survivor, Stultiens, in time to deliver a sprint. Hosking kicked determinedly off the group of about 20 and no one looked close to being able to hold her wheel. Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-Scott) crossed the line second and two-time world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling) was third.

Hosking had been clear that she was working hard to target this race. Australia’s top-ranked rider’s nutrition and training was focussed on making the shift from a flat-land sprinter to a rider that could haul herself over the hills, but still finish with a ferocious kick.

“You know, there’s all this change happening in Cycling Australia and it’s all Olympic focused and for me, actually I welcomed it,” Hosking told reporters. “It’s enabled me to step back and say what is my three-year plan. This is just the beginning of it.”

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