In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Felline wins Trofeo Laigueglia; Valverde solos to fifth win at Vuelta a Murcia; Cort Nielsen wins Clasica de Almeria; Van der Poel, Cant take final Superprestige round in Middelkerke and overall titles; Cant, van der Poel win at Holly Cross Fortress; Janse van Rensburg, Dalton win South African road titles; Klaas Vantornout says team is terminating his contract early; 2018 Tour de France Grand Départ confirmed for Vendee; Science of Cycling – The Echelon: How To Deal With a Crosswind; Van der Poel pulls wheelie celebration during final lap in Middelkerke; 10 crazy wall rides.
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Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data) took the elite men’s title with help from his teammate Stefan de Bod, who won the U23 title, as the pair finished one-two. Willie Smit, who was runner-up in the time trial on Thursday, took third more than a minute down.
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“This is the first time I have won the nationals road race in any category so it is a very special moment for me,” said Janse van Rensburg. “The conditions suited us with the strong crosswinds; we were always hoping for the wind today and without the wind to make the race hard, it could’ve been trickier for us. We put the race in the gutter after 90km and then it became a numbers game. Stefan was really incredible, what a talent he is but I thank the whole team for this victory. This a dream come true for me and I will wear the national jersey with pride.”
21-year-old Heidi Dalton (Team Demacon) took an impressive victory in the women’s elite race, going solo on the final lap of the circuit to win both the elite and U23 titles by more than three minutes over An-li Kachelhoffer Pretorius (Lotto Soudal Ladies) and recently crowned time trial champion Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla).
“Today was absolutely awesome, I mean, I’m still under 23 so the main goal was to get the under 23 jersey, but to get both of them is just absolutely incredible,” she said. “I’m really, really over the moon. I gave it everything I had and I’m really enjoying this moment.”
Dalton’s teammates Elmarie de Wet and Carla Oberholzer set the table for her with de Wet attacking solo early in the race, forcing the other riders to chase. who worked hard for the team as well. “She went up the road for a couple of laps and we sat on and relaxed little bit while she gave it her all” said Dalton. “My other teammate Carla covered a lot of moves out there as well.”
JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
DE BOD Stefan
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KACHELHOFFER PRETORIUS An-li
Lotto Soudal Ladies
MOOLMAN PASIO Ashleigh
Cervélo-Bigla Pro Cycling