In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Chris Froome extends Vuelta lead with stage 9 victory; Lizzie Deignan victorious in GP de Plouay; Egan Bernal takes comfortable victory at the Tour de l’Avenir; Elia Viviani sprints to Bretagne Classic victory; Joe Cooper and Macey Stewart win the Tour of the King Valley; An international battle at the Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross; Cannondale-Drapac turns to crowdfunding after sponsor troubles; Tour de l’Avenir winner Egan Bernal signs with Team Sky; Warren Barguil sent home from the Vuelta; Five Brisbane cyclists injured after being struck by a car; Party tricks at the Vuelta; 1,000 rockets attached to a bike.
Vuelta stage 9, Plouay, Tour de l’Avenir: Your CT Daily News Digest
Australia got its first taste of international cyclocross racing over the weekend, with the Airport Toyota Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross featuring Australia’s top riders and a strong visiting contingent from the United States.
The fast-starting Americans held the upper hand in the initial laps of the first C2-classified cyclocross race in the Oceania region. Emily Kachorek (Squid Bikes) and Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes) charged out the front and it was left to Australia’s national champions to chase the riders down. In the end the Australians prevailed in both the elite women’s and men’s races, with Peta Mullens (Focus-Attaquer) and Chris Jongewaard (Flanders-Jblood) both coming up trumps.
Stoked to win the first ever UCI C2 cross’ race in Australian history ahead of a truly international field at @fojcx ..massive effort by the guys to get this race on home soil, yiew ???? We had huge crowds lining #hecklehill and although I disappointed them with my tactical decision to ‘run up’ throughout the race, I was out to please the fans on the victory lap ???? #rideit #melgpcx #focusattaquercx #attaquer #sram #shareyourkask #challengetires #lookgoodfeelgoodridefaster #ncxs #crossisboss #crossishere #fojcx ???? @bencirulis
A change in the weather – with rain, hail and a crisp wind – transformed the undulating Essendon Fields course for the second day of racing. The muddy conditions brought out the best in a different set of riders and added a whole new level of excitement for the vocal spectators as competitors slipped and slid around the course.
In the women’s race it was an international rider that snatched victory, with Samantha Runnels (Squid Bikes) from the United States just managing to get away from Australian rider Naomi Williams (Team WillyLocke), to take the win. Dominant Australian, Jongewaard, was again at the front of the men’s field on Sunday, but this time was chasing down Garry Millburn (Speedvagen-MAAP). In a turn on the normal course of events, Jongewaard simply couldn’t catch his regular rival, the soggy conditions playing to Millburn’s strengths. Not that a little tumble while attempting to get past on the final lap helped.
Click through for full results from the weekend and stay tuned to CyclingTips for a quote-filled event photo gallery early this week.