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by Matt de Neef
October 30, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Jakub Mareczko leads after two stages in Hainan; Chris Froome “wins” the inaugural Shanghai Criterium; Callum Scotson and Cameron Meyer win the London Six-Day; Froome expects significant “challenge” from Dumoulin in the future; Mikel Landa — I would have liked a warmer welcome from Quintana; Shane Sutton to work with Chinese national team; Monte Zoncolan and Rome TT on the cards for 2018 Giro; Zak Dempster among three riders to renew with the Israel Cycling Academy; US cyclist makes thoughts on Trump known; Froome and Kittel arm-wrestle in China; When tricks on the track go wrong.
It was of little surprise to anyone when 2017 Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Sky) dashed to victory at the end of the inaugural Shanghai Criterium over the weekend, the four-time Tour champ holding off Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) and Warren Barguil (Sunweb) in a three-up sprint.
The ceremonial criterium was created by Tour organisers ASO in the lead-up to the Saitama Criterium in Japan, both events helping to bring the spirit of the Tour de France to Asia. Raced over 20 laps of a 3km circuit, the Shanghai Criterium saw several riders get away from the field, including Alberto Contador, in his last race as a professional. Barguil, the 2017’s King of the Mountains, attacked late and was joined by Froome and Uran, the latter having finished second at this year’s Tour.
Froome then, unsurprisingly, managed to “win” the sprint, celebrating “victory” in the yellow jersey.
“It wasn’t easy. There were a lot of great sprinters here so the only option was to attack,” said Froome. “We had great support from the public here in Shanghai. It’s a great way to end the season.”