In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Soler wins chaotic Paris-Nice as De la Cruz takes final-stage victory; Yates wins Stage 5 at Tirreno-Adriatico, Kwiatkowski moves into race lead; Amy Pieters wins the Ronde van Drenthe; Hayato Okamoto takes Tour de Taiwan lead after stage 1; Nino Schurter’s XCO World Cup streak comes to an end; Langvad on top after Ferrand-Prevot’s mechanical in South Africa; Tom Dumoulin forced out of Tirreno-Adriatico; Doctor who claimed to have supplied drugs to 150 elite sportspeople is struck off; Obree returns to the windtunnel: How fast were his classic TT positions?; Behind the wheel of the Astana team bus.
Daily News Digest: Soler wins Paris-Nice, Schurter’s World Cup streak ends
2016 world XCO champion Annika Langvad (Specialized) won the women’s XCO World Cup, 13 seconds ahead of 2015 word XCO champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Canyon-SRAM) Saturday in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Dutch rider Anne Tauber (CST-American Eagle- Sandd) took her best-ever third place, 34 seconds back.
“It was a really good day for me on an intense course where it is easy to make small mistakes,” Langvad said. “I had a stick in my wheel plus I had to unclip and run. I always manage to keep my head composed and come back, though.”
Ferrand-Prévot rode at the front with the Danish champion until the fourth of five laps, when a mechanical issue ended her chances for victory.
Happy with my 2nd place in today’s @epicworldcup ????. Just a shame for my mechanical problem when I was in the lead! But we all know that MTB is a mechanical sport, and @AnnikaLangvad was really strong ???????????????? @canyon_bikes @WMNcycling
— PFP (@FERRANDPREVOT) March 10, 2018
World champion Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing Team) finished sixth despite having broken her collarbone six weeks earlier in a crash with Ferrand-Prévot at the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Hoogerheide, the Netherlands.
6th place today exactly 6 weeks after breaking my collarbone. Couldn‘t even dream about starting here, and looking at the reduced training I did the past few weeks, I‘m super happy to start my World Cup campaign like this. Caaan‘t wait to take up my full training schedule soon!! First lesson will be: learn how to sprint ???? . . Stoked for my team mate @maja.wloszczowska for taking 5th place. Win for @kross_racing_team in the team classification ???????? . . Oh and… stayed on my bike ????????????
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