McCarthy and Hosking win Cadel’s; Vakoc’s spinal surgery: Daily News Digest

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.

John Degenkolb wins the final day of Challenge Mallorca

by CyclingTips

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.

“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!”