Drama in Hainan, European CX champs, Domane gravel builds: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

November 6, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Jacopo Mosca wins the Tour of Hainan, Joe Cooper claims final stage; Van der Poel and Cant win European CX titles; Mark Cavendish wins the Saitama Criterium; Ben Hill suffers fractured vertebrae in Tour of Hainan crash; Rider kicked off Tour of Hainan for fighting with rival team; Trek expands its Domane range with new gravel-specific builds; Jonathan Vaughters calls for franchise structure for pro cycling; Dutch cyclist forced to retire at 22 due to heart problem; Jersey revealed for Contador/Basso Continental team; Aqua Blue Sport reveals 3T Strada 1x setup for 2018; Danny MacAskill testing Santa Cruz wheels.

Jacopo Mosca wins the Tour of Hainan, Joe Cooper claims final stage

by CyclingTips

Italy’s Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina) has held on for a narrow overall victory at the Tour of Hainan, the 24-year-old concluding the nine-stage Chinese race three seconds clear of Benjamin Prades (UKYO) and five seconds up on Emils Liepins (Delko Marseille Provence KTM).

Mosca moved into the overall lead with victory on stage 7 and was able to hold on for the remaining two stages. The penultimate stage was won by Mosca’s compatriot, Marco Zanotti (Monkey Town) who won the sprint from a reduced peloton. An early climb saw many of the sprinters distanced, including five-time stage winner Jakub Marezcko (Wilier Triestina). Several groups got clear throughout the lumpy stage, but it was a group of 40 that reached the finish, with Zanotti winning the sprint ahead of Marco Maronese (Bardiani-CSF) and Liepins. Mosca finished in the lead group to preserve his lead.

On the final stage, New Zealand national champion Joe Cooper (IsoWhey SwissWellness) attacked solo with roughly 14km to go and managed to hold off the bunch behind to take the victory. It was Cooper’s first victory at UCI .HC level and adds to his two stage wins and second overall at the recent Tour of China I.

“This is the icing on my whole season,” Cooper said. “To win an HC race in the New Zealand champs jersey, that’s just such a special thing for me. I’ve worked hard all year and this being my best season to date, hopefully I’m not done yet.”

Mosca, meanwhile, finished in the main field again, securing his first professional stage race victory. His Wilier Triestina team had a sensational week, winning the overall, six of nine stages and the points classification.

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Sunday 5th November 2017

1. it
MOSCA Jacopo
Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia
2. es
3. lv
Delko Marseille Provence KTM