Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 3, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Philippe Gilbert wins the Tour of Flanders with thrilling 55km solo move; Coryn Rivera becomes first American to win the Tour of Flanders; Rare victory for Rory Sutherland at Vuelta Ciclista a La Rioja; Simon Yates victorious at GP Miguel Indurain; Sagan and Vanmarcke crash out of Flanders; Double mechanical ruins Boonen’s Flandrian fairytale; Gilbert outlines dream of winning all five Monuments; Mixed reception to Muur’s Flanders return; Vinokourov and Kolobnev to face court in May over Liege corruption allegation; Fallen endurance racer Mike Hall honoured in tribute rides.

Fallen endurance racer Mike Hall honoured in tribute rides

by Matt de Neef

Hundreds of cyclists gathered in cities around Australia on Sunday to pay tribute to ultra-endurance cyclist Mike Hall, who was killed on Friday after being struck by a car while racing in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race.

Several hundred gathered in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills before riding to the Opera House — the designated end point of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race. Several hundred more gathered in Melbourne’s Federation Square to retrace Hall’s tyre tracks along the Yarra River towards Kew. A ride in Adelaide also traced the route of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race, while another tribute ride took place in Brisbane.

Hall’s mother, Patricia, took to Facebook to thank organisers. “This is such a fitting tribute to Mike,” she wrote. “I will be thinking of you all around the world riding with my son in your heart.”

Social media has been awash with words of grief following Hall’s passing. A crowdfunding effort to help cover any costs associated with Hall’s death raised more than £65,000 (AU$100,000) in 48 hours.

“Mike will be remembered by us all for his kindness, good heart and bravery,” organiser of the crowdfunding page James Hayden wrote. “Mike was a shining light in many of our lives, enabling us to find the best of ourselves.”

Follow the link to read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.