Bennett, Edmondson win at Race Melbourne, Degenkolb in Mallorca: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

January 26, 2018

Sam Bennett shrugs off illness to go back-to-back at Race Melbourne; Annette Edmondson wins Race Melbourne with a bike throw; Richeze wins stage 4 of the Vuelta a San Juan; Degenkolb wins opening race of Challenge Mallorca series; ‘For sure I have taken a step up’: Bennett eyeing next level in 2018; Wildcards, modified routes announced for ASO Classics; AAA panel imposes four-year sanction on amateur U.S. cyclist for testosterone violation; Video: Team Eritrea – Tesfom King of Mountains – Tropicale Amissa Bongo 2018

Degenkolb wins opening race of Challenge Mallorca series

by VeloClub

Following a frustrating couple of seasons, John Degenkolb landed early success when he triumphed in his first race of 2018 on Thursday. The Trek-Segafredo rider was quickest at the end of the Trofeo Campos-Porreres-Felanitx-Ses Salines, the opening day of the Mallorca Challenge. He beat Sondre Enger (Israel Cycling Academy), Jasper De Buyst (Lotto-Soudal), Kenny Dehaes (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic) and the rest of the bunch to the line.

“It’s a great feeling to get the first victory already, to achieve this together with the team,” he said. “We had a really nice week of training already this week in Mallorca, in the training camp, and to start the season like this with a win is always great. I felt really good; the team did a perfect job to make a good sprint for me. I have good memories of this race because for me this was my first professional race in 2011. Today was a great revival.”

The day’s break started on the category 4 Coll Es Monjos, with Preben Van Hecke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Eloy Teruel (Spain) teaming up and then being joined by Aitor González (Euskadi-Murias), Jon Ander Insausti (Fundacion Euskadi), Alberto Amici (Biesse Carrera Gavardo), Botond Hollo (Pannon Cycling Team), Álvaro Robredo (Burgos-BH) and Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA).

However the bunch got back on terms inside the final 20 kilometres, leading to the big sprint, Degenkolb’s win and the second victory this week for Trek-Segafredo. Ryan Mullen won the time trial stage of the Vuelta a San Juan on Wednesday.

“We have already won two races as a team, and I think for the whole team it’s a big relief to start the season like this,” said Degenkolb. “Everyone knows we have done our homework, what’s needed to win races, and I think we can be very optimistic for the next races.”