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Mullen wins TT at San Juan, Ganna takes race lead; Rumsas gets ban: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

January 25, 2018

Mullen wins TT at San Juan, Ganna takes race lead; Ganna aiming to hang on to GC lead in San Juan; Mullen: ‘I didn’t come here to come second.’; Raimondas Rumsas junior handed four-year ban; The Art of Sprinting by Caleb Ewan; Gerry Ryan Award introduced for best young riders in Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road races; Ovett blogs about Australian Cycling Academy signing, nationals disappointment and hill climb success; Video: Peter Sagan gives a bike and rainbow jersey to Pope Francis; Video: Roadtripping Victoria’s High Country

Gerry Ryan Award introduced for best young riders in Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road races

by Shane Stokes

An award named after one of the important important benefactors in Australian cycling has been announced, with the Gerry Ryan Award set to be given to the best young male and female riders in this weekend’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Races.

“Gerry’s commitment to the sport over the past two and half decades is outstanding,” said Evans, announcing the award. “He has provided opportunities to ensure cycling in Australia remains at the forefront.” Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren gave some examples of Ryan’s assistance to the sport, including his support of Kathy Watt after she won gold in 1992, his sponsoring of Cycling Australia’s programs and, most recently, the UCI WorldTour team Mitchelton-Scott.

“The timing of presenting the award at Victoria’s UCI WorldTour race, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, is important,” he said. “Victoria is Gerry Ryan’s home state and, in its short history, the Cadel Road Race has featured many Australian riders across various teams who have come through the Australian cycling program Gerry has made such a significant contribution to.”

Ryan said he appreciated the gesture. “I’m thankful to have the award named after me. All I’ve ever wanted to try and do, whether in business or sport or whatever I’m involved in, is to make a difference,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate in business life to be successful. So, I’ve got the opportunity to help young people realise their dreams and that’s what it’s about.”

Ryan said that the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race plays an important role. “It’s an international event and it puts the region and Victoria on the map. It also gives riders, young riders, who may not get the opportunity in the big European classics, the chance to come here and win.”

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