Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 15, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan extends record with victory on stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse; Roglic wins prologue of Ster ZLM Toer; Romano wins stage 6 of the U23 Giro d’Italia; Former UCI president Hein Verbruggen loses fight against leukaemia; British Cycling discrimination report released amid claims of whitewash; Cookson ‘would be surprised’ if rumoured rivals for UCI presidency stand for election; Deutsch carves out Trans Am lead, records on the line; Trek expands endurance range with new entry-level Domane AL aluminum models; Video: Peter Sagan press conference after stage 5 of the 2017 Tour de Suisse; Video: Tour de Suisse 2017 – full prologue of Peter Sagan; Video: Disc Brakes Vs Rim Brakes with Chris Hoy; Video: how not to watch a bike race; Sagan’s Suisse celebration.

Deutsch carves out Trans Am lead, records on the line

by Simone Giuliani

As the leaders of the Trans Am rolled toward the windy flats of Kansas Evan Deutsch took to the front of the 7,000 kilometre (4,300 mile) ultra-endurance race across America. The two-time top three finisher took advantage of Jon Lester’s decision to refresh with a break of over eight hours and then carried the lead right through Kansas. He was ahead of rookie Lester by 100 kilometres as he crossed the border to Missouri at 2am PDT on Wednesday.

After nearly 11 days of the self supported race the pace is high, with Deutsch, Lester, Janie Hayes and Michael Wacker all travelling ahead of the pace Mike Hall rode when he set the race record of 17 days 16 hours and 17 minutes in 2014. Deutsch, in fact was about 300 kilometres up on Hall’s pace as he left Kansas and clocked up 4,350 kilometres of racing. It doesn’t mean conditions out there have been easy though, with all the top riders talking of the difficult winds on the livestream from the traditional mid-race stop, the Newton Bike Shop.

“It’s been tough … for my third year it’s been the hardest conditions,” said Deutsch, who came third last year after riding alongside eventual winner Lael Wilcox for much of the race. He added that he felt good, though was contending with aching knees, and the minimal rain so far had been a nice bonus.

Hayes continued her rise up to the top end of the field, sticking to a regular pattern of near five hours rest a day and steadily reeling in other riders. Across Kansas she was swapping third place with the German Wacker, the first rider from overseas in a lead group unusually dominated by locals. Hayes has also really stretched out her lead on the women’s record set by Wilcox last year, tracking at close to 500 kilometres ahead of Wilcox’s pace.

Early leader Benjamin Colwill was taken out of the running with an Achilles problems while French rider Sofiane Sehili slipped back to fifth place as he struggled with the heat.

You can find more on the race and follow the live tracking on the Trans Am website.