In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Alexander Kristoff and Marianne Vos crowned European road champions; Mikel Landa takes out the Vuelta a Burgos; Peta Mullens, Chris Jongewaard take Australian Cyclocross titles; James Hayden wins the fifth Transcontinental Race; Cameron Meyer rejoins Orica-Scott in three-year deal; Andrey Amador injured in training crash; Lucas Hamilton targeting Tour de l’Avenir success; Ruth Corset on retirement and her career of two halves; Worst race ever? CCB duo survives rough Tour of Qinghai Lake; Former British champion Tim Harris and his Belgian Seat of Learning.
Your Monday Daily News Digest
Lucas Hamilton’s European season stared with an impressive streak of podium finishes, but a win proved elusive for the 21-year-old Victorian. Victory came in the individual time trial at the ‘Baby Giro’, though, as Hamilton rode to second overall, and then the U23 Oceania champion took out the overall win at the Tour Alsace.
There is no stopping the #AussieCycling Under 23 National Team with @lucas_hamilton climbing his way to the overall victory at #TourAlsace while picking up the mountains and young rider jersey. We also took the team classification in another well executed race by the young squad. #aussiecycling #roadcycling
It all bodes well for the upcoming Tour de l’Avenir, the most important stage race on the U23 calendar, and a race Hamilton goes into as one of the riders to watch. He’ll have plenty of competition though.
“You can’t go past Pavel Sivakov who has an outstanding season. He’s won the Baby Giro and Aosta and Ronde de l’Isard,” Hamilton told Cyclingnews. “He’s a big GC threat and there are other guys who have been consistent throughout the year and have had good results.
“Then there is the Colombian Egan Vernal but then in Under 23 ranks it is always predictably unpredictable so I think there will be plenty of guys up there climbing well. There are also a lot of flat and sharpish kind of stages that will be technical and quite stressful. The first six stage will be just as, if not more, important than the last three stages.”
After the Tour de l’Avenir, Hamilton will look to the Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway on a hilly course that will suit his characteristics.
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