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.
McCarthy and Hosking win Cadel’s; Vakoc’s spinal surgery: Daily News Digest
The 2018 season has started perfectly for John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo). After winning the opening day of the Challenge Mallorca, Degenkolb returned for the final race of the four-day event and won that as well.
The Trofeo Palma started and finished in Palma and despite a tough climb 40km from the finish, the race was destined to finish in a bunch sprint. Trek-Segafredo helped to control the pace in the peloton, brought back the breakaway, and then set Degenkolb up for victory. Erik Baska (Bora-Hansgrohe) was second in the sprint from 28 riders, while Coen Vermeltfoort (Roompot) was third.
— ChallengeMallorca (@ChallengeMca) January 28, 2018
“We showed again we were the strongest team in the race,” Degenkolb said. “It was fantastic teamwork; we took responsibility to control the race from the start and everyone on the team did the job he had to do. I had some bad luck just before the climb and I had to come back after a flat tire and it cost some energy, but it the end I was still able to follow in the big group.
“I am so happy – thanks to my team! I know that I am in good shape and I feel pretty good. It’s always nice to start the season like this. I think it’s the first time I have won the first two races in a season, that’s a premiere for me. To have this feeling, which I missed so much last year and now I have it already twice … It’s so nice to be in the winning line again!”