Nibali’s masterpiece, Niewiadoma wins in Cittiglio: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

March 19, 2018

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali solos to thrilling Milan-San Remo win; Kasia Niewiadoma wins solo at Trofeo Alfredo Binda; Andrea Guardini back to his winning ways at Tour de Langkawi; Mark Cavendish escapes major injury in Milan-San Remo crash; Rivals react to Nibali’s Milan-San Remo attack; FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope bikes stolen the night before Trofeo Alfredo Binda; Andre Greipel suffers probable collarbone fractured in Milan-San Remo crash; Oscar Sevilla beaten and robbed in training; Matt Lawton on a ‘staggering report’ and the future of Sky; Highlights from the Cape Epic prologue; Fremantle to Sydney riders set off; Nibali hits phone-wielding spectator on way to Milan-San Remo win; Behind the scenes of Caleb Ewan’s Milan-San Remo podium.

Fremantle to Sydney riders set off

by Simone Giuliani

The Indian Pacific Wheel Race may have been cancelled, but around 50 riders still set off from Fremantle on Saturday morning at 6:22 am – the time of Mike Hall’s death – to ride 5,500 kilometres across Australia.

The official self-supported endurance race was called off in February because of the pending coroners inquest into Hall’s death on the road while in the final stages of last year’s race. However, despite the cancellation, many riders made the decision to carry on with the challenge of crossing the continent on two wheels.

Indypac unofficial. The start. Rolling at 6.22 #ipwr2018

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Less than two days have passed since the riders set off from Fremantle following a minute of silence for Hall. Those at the front of the field are already nearly 1,000 kilometres into their journey to Sydney.

French rider Stephane Ouaja, Australian rider Abdullah Zeinab and UK rider Dan Welch have already moved on beyond Norseman to venture out into the Nullarbor Plain. So has Australian rider Heath Ryan who is following a varied route to follow the path of Hubert Opperman’s record-setting journey in 1937.

For live-tracking of the riders, click here. To see Purdie Long’s story of preparing for the ride, head here.