Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

May 15, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Nairo Quintana climbs into maglia rosa on stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia; Anna van der Breggen wins the women’s Amgen Tour of California; Marcel Kittel takes opening-stage honours at the men’s Amgen Tour of California; Clément Venturini takes overall honours at the Four Days of Dunkirk; Michael Storer and Lucas Hamilton go 1-2 at the GP Industrie del Marmo; Neil van der Ploeg wins the Grafton-Inverell in record time; Grace Brown takes victory in the Mersey Valley Tour; Nightmare for Team Sky and other GC favourites as police moto causes Giro crash; Wout Van Aert to focus on the road in 2018; Video – The dangers of riding alongside stopped traffic; Video – Bike falls off back of a car.

Grace Brown takes victory in the Mersey Valley Tour

by CyclingTips

In the women’s Subaru National Road Series (NRS), Grace Brown (Holden Women’s Racing) has taken her first NRS tour victory, turning her stage 1 win in the Mersey Valley Tour’s individual time trial into overall success.

Image: © Caity J Photography

Brown and her teammates Erin Kinnealy, Lisen Hockings took a clean sweep of the stage 1 podium just a week after Holden Women’s Racing achieved the same feat at the Tour of the South West. On stage 2, Lucy Kennedy (High5 Dream Team) bounced back from a crash in the time trial to win solo into Riana after attacking from the bottom of the final climb. Brown finished fifth on the day, extending her lead in the general classification.

Kennedy again won on the third and final stage, edging out Brown in a two-up sprint, as the latter clinched her maiden NRS tour victory.

“I have improved so much over the past year,” said Brown, who made her NRS debut at last year’s Mersey Valley Tour. “Each race has just been better and better. It is awesome to get the win at one of the toughest stops on the calendar.”

Brown’s teammate Shannon Malseed finished second on the overall podium to extend her lead in the NRS’ individual classification. The women’s NRS, too, takes a hiatus over the next few months, with the next race, the Tour of the King Valley, not coming until August 25.

Follow the link for results from the 2017 Mersey Valley Tour.