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by Mark Zalewski
January 4, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Ewan, Allen victorious on stage 3 of the Bay Crits; Scandolara, Bibby win overall; Clearing obstacles: Kaitie Antonneau’s journey from depression to self-acceptance; Thomas Dekker’s former manager alleges extortion in lawsuit; Belgian cyclocross championship course controversy; Niels Albert responds sharply to course modification furor; Laurens Sweeck questionable for Belgian championships; Talansky breaks thumb in training crash; Porte to headline BMC’s Tour Down Under squad; Paris-Nice unveils 2017 course; Wiggins joins winter sports-based reality TV show; Dutch cycling beer coming to Tour Down Under; Video: Aqua Blue Sport Pro Cycling; Jens Voigt ‘Everests’ Teufelsberg Hill for charity.
The first race meet of the Australian summer of cycling is now complete and it was two internationals, Italy’s Valentina Scandolara (Ale) and the UK’s Ian Bibby (Condor-JLT), that were victorious overall, upstaging their local rivals. Scandolara and Bibby both took the overall lead in the 2017 Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic by winning on the opening day, and both were able to defend their yellow jersey through to the end of today’s third and final stage.
Scandolara won the bunch sprint for fourth place in Williamstown today as Jessica Allen (Orica-Scott), soloed to victory ahead of former breakaway companions Lucy Bechtel (Specialized Women’s Racing – 2nd) and Ellen Skerritt (Ale – 3rd).
“At the beginning of the series of course I knew Orica would have been really strong so I wanted to go for some wins and see what happens,” Scandolara said. “And I won the first one — the first time in four years that I’ve worn the jersey — so I’m like ‘Alright, let’s try it’ and luckily I had my team that backed me up perfectly today.”
In the elite men’s race, Bibby finished fourth as pre-stage favourite Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) burst clear of the bunch to win ahead of Brenton Jones (Condor-JLT) and Mathew Gibson (Condor).
“Yesterday I had a bit of a dig and got away in the break and felt really good,” Ewan said. “And today as well, to win the sprint makes me feel like I’ve got bases covered coming into Nationals.”
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