Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 27, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Navardauskas takes Bahrain-Merida inaugural win in San Juan TT; Greipel sprints to win in Challenge Mallorca opener; Kirsten Wild just pips Chloe Hosking in Race Melbourne photo finish; Sam Bennett sprints to victory at Race Melbourne, the Cadel’s Race curtain-raiser crit; Mark Cavendish: Merckx’s Tour de France record is now a realistic target for me; Cyclocross worlds preview: In Bieles, a new chapter will be written between the sport’s two young stars; French teams dominate wildcard selections for Tour de France, Paris-Nice and Critérium du Dauphiné; Retired pro cyclist Tom Zirbel shifts to triathlon; World Championship course proving to be a challenge; Former pro talks about battle with depression, suicide attempts; Vuelta a San Juan, stage 3 highlights; Video: Abu Dhabi Tour preview; Video: Tony Martin off to rocky start with Katusha-Alpecin.

Kirsten Wild just pips Chloe Hosking in Race Melbourne photo finish

by Simone Giuliani

It was a fast bunch sprint and the closest of finishes in the first edition of Race Melbourne with Kirsten Wild (Cylance) and Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini) looking to each other as they rolled past the finish line, wondering who had won.

It came down to a wait for the photo finish in the curtain raiser criterium for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, with Wild’s throw to the line delivering the victory and making it her third time on the top step of the podium in the past two weeks.

“Chloe was going really fast from the back and it was really exciting. I pushed my wheel to the front,” Wild told reporters.

The pair were the favourites coming into the race after a stellar start to the year, with both standing on the podium in three of the four stages of the Santos Women’s Tour last week. Watching Wild and Hosking fighting it out for the win has been a regular occurrence, but this battle was the closest we’ve seen.

“I felt like my wheel was maybe first but it was really, really close. She was coming with a bit more speed from the back so it was really dangerous. I think if it was one metre more she would have won,” Wild told Ella CyclingTips in a video interview.

Kirsten Wild just pips Chloe Hosking on the line to take out the first #racemelbourne as Lisa Brennauer rounds out the podium.

A video posted by Ella Cyclingtips (@ellacyclingtips) on

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