In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali solos to thrilling Milan-San Remo win; Kasia Niewiadoma wins solo at Trofeo Alfredo Binda; Andrea Guardini back to his winning ways at Tour de Langkawi; Mark Cavendish escapes major injury in Milan-San Remo crash; Rivals react to Nibali’s Milan-San Remo attack; FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope bikes stolen the night before Trofeo Alfredo Binda; Andre Greipel suffers probable collarbone fractured in Milan-San Remo crash; Oscar Sevilla beaten and robbed in training; Matt Lawton on a ‘staggering report’ and the future of Sky; Highlights from the Cape Epic prologue; Fremantle to Sydney riders set off; Nibali hits phone-wielding spectator on way to Milan-San Remo win; Behind the scenes of Caleb Ewan’s Milan-San Remo podium.
Nibali’s masterpiece, Niewiadoma wins in Cittiglio: Daily News Digest
Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) has taken her first victory of the year and the biggest one-day win of her career, riding to an impressive solo victory at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda in Cittiglio on Sunday.
In miserable conditions Niewiadoma attacked on the Orina climb inside the final 10km, gaining a gap over a chasing group of favourites. The 23-year-old Pole crested the climb on her own then powered down the descent and on to the finish to win by 23 seconds. World champion Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) and Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) were second and third respectively, leading in a nine-strong chase group.
“My victory today was due to an amazing team,” Niewiadoma said after the finish. “It’s been another really hard day on the bike. From the start, it was raining and the conditions were tough. On the descents and sharp corners you really needed to pay extra attention to the road. We stayed alert and attentive throughout the race as a team.
“I can say on behalf of my team that we stayed in control of the race no matter what other teams were doing. We stayed calm and didn’t panic. With the others doing so much work I could just conserve energy and wait for my time. It’s amazing that we were able to put our team plan into practice and to win the race, I’m super super happy for this. I just want to go see my teammates now and give them a big hug.”
— CANYON//SRAM Racing (@WMNcycling) March 18, 2018
Trofeo Alfredo Binda was round 3 of the 2018 Women’s UCI WorldTour. The next race is a new edition to the calendar, Thursday’s Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde.