Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

March 27, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Greg Van Avermaet wins men’s Gent-Wevelgem; Lotta Lepisto takes out women’s Gent-Wevelgem; Alejandro Valverde victorious in the Volta a Catalunya; Lilian Calmejane wins Coppi e Bartali; Edwin Avila takes opening-day honours in the Tour de Taiwan; Kristof Allegaert leads Indian Pacific Wheel Race towards Melbourne; Cadel Evans and George Hincapie win masters category at Cape Epic MTB race; Heinrich Haussler to miss the Spring Classics with ongoing knee injury;  Bradley Wiggins on Sky’s ‘load of rubbish’ marginal gains philosophy; At 50, Mario Cipollini looks back on his career; Riders injured as car ‘drives into cycle race’ in Berlin; Trigger Happy’s angry cyclist on Comic Relief.

Kristof Allegaert leads Indian Pacific Wheel Race towards Melbourne

by Simone Giuliani

It’s the second week of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race and the much anticipated showdown between two of the world’s best endurance riders, Kristof Allegaert and Mike Hall, has turned into a three-way tussle over the weekend. Sarah Hammond has slowly worked her way up through the field, clawing back time as the race rolled from the remote outback into the welcoming crowds of Adelaide. Hammond is now within striking distance of Belgian Allegaert and Briton Hall.

The front three have been spread over a 150km stretch of road through much of the weekend. However as the riders roll toward Melbourne this morning — Hammond’s hometown — the ground between the top three has stretched to its largest in days. Allegaert, who has now racked up more than 3,800 kilometres, was nearly 100 kilometres in front of Hall as he rolled out of Geelong this morning. Hammond is a further 100 kilometres back at roughly 3,600km.

Sarah Hammond, 3rd position now only 80km behind Mike Hall! #ipwr #thepeoplesrace #shpurpledot ???? @genek12

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Around 200 kilometres behind Hammond, Mitchell Luke, Kim Raeymaekers and Kai Edel are vying for fourth. At the back of the field, 74-year-old Paul Ardill is still working his way through the Nullarbor, with 1,300 kilometres complete, while Julianna Buhring started again in Fremantle on Sunday, planning to time trial her way across the course after an allergic reaction last week took her out of the race.

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