Bennett wins stage 1 of Tour of Turkey, Sagan for TDU: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 11, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bennett wins stage 1 of the Presidential Tour of Turkey; Sagan confirms Santos Tour Down Under appearance; Reichenbach diagnosed with additional fracture, will be out of action for three months; Roglic targets Grand Tour success, but bides time for podium finish; Cookson on bid for re-election: ‘We got the politics disastrously wrong’; German time trial talent Teutenberg signs on for two years with Team WNT; Hansen stays with Team Virtu for another year; Driver rugby-tackles female cyclist and causes spinal fracture; Video: The Ultimate Cycling Motivation 2017; Video: taking yellow on a spectator’s bike.

Hansen stays with Team Virtu for another year

by Aliya Traficante, Ella Intern

Louise Norman Hansen has re-signed with Team Virtu after a successful year on the road. At 22 years old, the Danish national time trial bronze medallist says she has found her place on the team that shares her origin. “I really like being here. I like the people in the team and I know a lot of the riders, so it feels very safe for me to be here,” Hansen stated.

Looking back at her season, the Dane said that it had both ups and downs. However, despite the downs, she still achieved what she set out to and is already looking ahead.

“I will certainly try to improve my ITT, and in general I would also like to improve my road race. I hope to add another level to myself and then I also just want to have some good experiences and do a lot of races. I don’t have any goals yet, but I have a few ideas. It could be great to win the ITT-title at the nationals.”

Team Directeur Sportif Carmen Small said that Hansen really stepped up over the summer. “First, she took bronze at the ITT nationals and afterwards she was strong in a really tough Giro Rosa,” she stated. “Had it not been for her crash at Ladies Tour of Norway, we would have seen even more good stuff from her.

“She loves to train, and that is one of the most important ingredients to becoming a good rider. She has already shown she can do a good ITT, and with the right guidance she has the potential to make it even further in 2018.”