Valgren wins Het Nieuwsblad, Valverde shines in Abu Dhabi: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

February 26, 2018

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Michael Valgren wins the men’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Christina Siggaard a surprise winner in the women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Dylan Groenewegen takes out Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne; Alejandro Valverde victorious at the Abu Dhabi Tour; Ellen van Dijk rides to Omloop van het Hageland victory; Hannah Barnes wins the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana; Astana in doubt due to ‘critical’ funding issues; Martin Vestby joins Mitchelton-Scott women’s team as sports director; Dumoulin’s Abu Dhabi dummy-spit; Photo galleries from NAHBS.

Hannah Barnes wins the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana

by CyclingTips

A pair of stage victories at the second Setmana Ciclista Valenciana has paved the way to overall success for Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM).

Barnes won the opening stage of the four-stage Spanish race, earning herself a couple days in the leader’s jersey. She slipped to second overall on Saturday’s stage 3 as Nicole Steigenga took a solo victory over the field and stage 2 winner Marta Bastianelli (Ale Cipollini) jumped to the top of the GC.

But Barnes moved back into the overall lead on the final stage by getting into an elite nine-rider lead group then winning the sprint from that group.