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by Matt de Neef
January 29, 2018
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jay McCarthy becomes the first Australian to win the men’s Cadel’s Race; Chloe Hosking earns Commonwealth Games selection with Cadel’s Race win; Jelle Wallays wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a San Juan; John Degenkolb wins the final day of Challenge Mallorca; Toms Skujins solos to first victory with Trek-Segafredo; Van der Poel and Cant win at Hoogerheide CX World Cup; Peter Vakoc undergoes successful spinal surgery after training crash; Bob Jungels on the QuickStep Floors training camp crash; The beauty of the unsteered bicycle; Small bike, big character.
Belgium’s Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) has started his season in impressive fashion, outclassing his breakaway companions on the penultimate stage of the Vuelta a San Juan.
Wallays attacked from the break less than five kilometres from the end of stage 6 of the Argentinian race and was able to hold on for a solo victory. Robigzon Oyola (Medellin-Inder)
took out second from the group Wallays had been in while Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) ended up third.
“When we escaped the bunch I knew we had a chance of battling for the stage win, because it was a large front group and I didn’t expect the GC riders would bother,” Wallays said. “But we would have to work together and that wasn’t always the case. Luckily our advantage turned out to be enough.
“I saw the others coming closer in the last kilometre, but I kept riding my own pace. We had done a recon of the last kilometres before the start and I knew that I had to save some energy for the last 900 metres as there was a headwind.”
Stage 6 saw no change to the general classification with Argentinian rider Gonzalo Najar (Sindicato Empleados Públicos of San Juan) still leading the race overall. He’s 1:58 ahead of Oscar Sevilla (Medellin-Inder) and 2:05 up on Rodolfo Andres Torres (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia) going into the final stage.