Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 27, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Navardauskas takes Bahrain-Merida inaugural win in San Juan TT; Greipel sprints to win in Challenge Mallorca opener; Kirsten Wild just pips Chloe Hosking in Race Melbourne photo finish; Sam Bennett sprints to victory at Race Melbourne, the Cadel’s Race curtain-raiser crit; Mark Cavendish: Merckx’s Tour de France record is now a realistic target for me; Cyclocross worlds preview: In Bieles, a new chapter will be written between the sport’s two young stars; French teams dominate wildcard selections for Tour de France, Paris-Nice and Critérium du Dauphiné; Retired pro cyclist Tom Zirbel shifts to triathlon; World Championship course proving to be a challenge; Former pro talks about battle with depression, suicide attempts; Vuelta a San Juan, stage 3 highlights; Video: Abu Dhabi Tour preview; Video: Tony Martin off to rocky start with Katusha-Alpecin.

Greipel sprints to win in Challenge Mallorca opener

by Mark Zalewski

André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) took the win in the first race of the Challenge Mallorca, the Trofeo Porreres–Felanitx–Ses Salines–Campos, ahead of Jonas Van Genechten (Cofidis) and Daniel McLay (Fortuneo – Vital Concept).

The race was fairly textbook as a small breakaway contained only minor teams.

Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom RusVelo), Pello Olaberria (Euskadi Basque Country-Murias), Pablo Torres (Burgos BH) and Kersten Thiele (German) flew the flag for the sponsors in the main move.

With only a maximum gap of around three minutes the task for the sprinter’s teams to bring them back was not a challenge.

Greipel led from pretty far out and stopped pedaling in the final few metres, but insured his win with a bike throw.

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