In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Yves Lampaert wins the Vuelta’s opening road stage, takes red; Elia Viviani sprints to Cyclassics Hamburg win; Marianne Vos wins the Ladies Tour of Norway; Kasper Asgreen maintains Tour de l’Avenir lead after three stages; Henry Jaine, Kim Hurst win NZ Cyclocross titles; Australian track coach Gary West loses his battle with Motor Neurone Disease; QuickStep Floors signs Tour de l’Avenir stage winner Fabio Jakobsen; Opening bridge creates confusion at the Ladies Tour of Norway; QuickStep Floors and the transfer market logjam; Around the world in 80 days — Mark Beaumont’s journey through Australia; The Journey To The Other Side: Indian Pacific Wheel Race 2017 Documentary.
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In the southern hemisphere it was time to squeeze in another cyclocross national championships race before the wintery weather ends, with New Zealand deciding who would take its national titles for the 2017/18 season.
Henry Jaine took out the win in the men’s race while Kim Hurst grabbed a firm hold of first place in the women’s, not to mention the unique wine barrel top trophy. Janie and Hurst, who both come from a mountain biking background, ripped through the wet, muddy course around the grapevines in Marlborough to come across the finish line with a clear lead on their rivals.
In fact Hurst, a former 24-hour world solo mountain bike champion, completely dominated. She finished more than six minutes ahead of her nearest competitor, defending champion Anja McDonald. There was no doubt she was carrying strong form into the race, having recently been in Australia to take part in the National Cyclocross Series, where in three races she netted two firsts and a second.
Hurst will be bringing her freshly earned national title over to Australia next week, to take on new Aussie champion Peta Mullens and other riders from further afield as the nation is holding its first international-level cyclocross event, the Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross.