Valgren and Blaak win Amstel Gold; Aussie Comm Games gold: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 16, 2018

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Michael Valgren wins Amstel Gold from late attack; World champion Blaak outsprints Brand to win women’s Amstel Gold; Steele von Hoff takes gold in Commonwealth Games fairytale finish; Chloe Hosking sprints to Comm Games gold; Matthews devastated by bad luck in Amstel Gold Race; Multiple fractures for Lucy Kennedy after Amstel Gold crash; Froome doesn’t want to give a running commentary on salbutamol case; Fabio Felline sidelined until late May with toxoplasmosis; Bora extends sponsorship through 2021; HiRide tests smart suspension at the cobbled classics; What it takes to ride the break at Amstel Gold Race.

Chloe Hosking sprints to Comm Games gold

by CyclingTips

Eight year after winning bronze in the Delhi Commonwealth Games road race, Chloe Hosking has gone two medals better on the Gold Coast. Hosking sprinted to victory in Saturday’s road race from the remnants of the peloton after her Australian teammates controlled the race.

The Aussies reeled in breakaways, rode hard to thin out the bunch, and eventually had four in the group of 13 that made its way to the finish on the Currumbin beachfront. From there Hosking was able to take a comfortable victory in the sprint.

“It’s so special to win on home soil,” Hosking told Channel 7. “People say, for road cycling, Commonwealth Games isn’t that big a deal. But you know what, I’m Commonwealth Games champion and its a big fucking deal.”

Hosking hasn’t always been a go-to for the Aussie team, initially missing selection in the World Championship squad in 2017 despite being the nation’s top-ranked rider. But the Ale-Cipollini rider earned a guaranteed spot in the Commonwealth Games team by winning at the hilly Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in January.

The win comes less than two weeks after Hosking took a nasty fall at the Tour of Flanders; a fall that, while dramatic, didn’t leave Hosking with any real injuries.