Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

March 20, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Michal Kwiatkowski wins a thrilling Milan-San Remo; Coryn Rivera sprints to victory at Trofeo Alfredo Binda; Kristof Allegaert leads into day 3 of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race; Sagan – Kwiatkowski owes me a few beers; Former Tour de France champion Roger Pingeon dies at 76; Dame Sarah Storey launches elite women’s cycling team; Rwandan cyclist Adrien Niyonshuti’s Grand (Tour) plans; DreamRide II.

Kristof Allegaert leads into day 3 of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race

by Matt de Neef

Belgian Kristof Allegaert leads the Indian Pacific Wheel Race after covering a staggering 1,148km in the less-than-48-hours since the race began in Fremantle on Saturday morning.

At the time of writing, Allegaert is roughly 60km ahead of Briton Mike Hall with both riders near the end of the longest section of straight road in Australia, in the Nullarbor Plain. Allegaert’s completed distance puts him more than 20% of the way through the 5,500km race across Australia, less than two days after starting.

Allegaert and Hall, the two pre-race favourites, hit the front early and have gradually pulled away from the rest of the field by riding long distances with little sleep. Race organiser Jesse Carlsson was forced to withdraw from the race following a flare-up of an existing abdominal injury, while high-profile YouTuber Harley “Durianrider” Johnstone has also pulled out, he too battling an old injury.

Extremely disappointed to pull out of the Indy Pac. Three weeks ago an abdominal injury that I’ve been battling with for 18 months flared up again. Even the day before we started, I was unsure of whether to start the Indy Pac, but given the time and effort I’d put into the race, and the rare opportunity to race an incredibly talented roster, I had to try. I was hoping my body would settle in and the abdominal pain would dull. This happened when I did the Tour Divide and Trans Am with knee and back injuries. Unfortunately on this occasion the pain only intensified and I’m unable to keep battling through the pain this time. Sorry for the let down, folks. I had high hopes for this one. ????: C1 (@genek12) #ipwr

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Race to the Rock winner Sarah Hammond currently leads the women’s contingent, having covered 930km at the time of writing. She’s roughly 45km ahead of Juliana Behring, the  current record-holder as the fastest woman to circumnavigate the globe by bike.

Unseasonal rain has made for tough going in the first two days out of Perth.

The winners are expected to complete the 2017 Indy Pac in between 12 and 14 days.

To follow the race live, be sure to check out the GPS tracking here and follow the #IPWR hashtag Instagram and Twitter. Click here to find out more about the race and the riders to watch, and stay posted to CyclingTips for further coverage in the weeks to come.