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by Matt de Neef
November 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Jacopo Mosca wins the Tour of Hainan, Joe Cooper claims final stage; Van der Poel and Cant win European CX titles; Mark Cavendish wins the Saitama Criterium; Ben Hill suffers fractured vertebrae in Tour of Hainan crash; Rider kicked off Tour of Hainan for fighting with rival team; Trek expands its Domane range with new gravel-specific builds; Jonathan Vaughters calls for franchise structure for pro cycling; Dutch cyclist forced to retire at 22 due to heart problem; Jersey revealed for Contador/Basso Continental team; Aqua Blue Sport reveals 3T Strada 1x setup for 2018; Danny MacAskill testing Santa Cruz wheels.
It’s been a year to forget for Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), but the Manxman was able to add to his one victory with a win at the Saitama Criterium in Japan over the weekend.
The second of two Asian exhibition criteriums by Tour de France owners ASO, the Saitama Criterium consisted of 19 laps of a 3.1km circuit just north of Tokyo. As was the case in the Shanghai Criterium last week, the Saitama event featured several breakaways by the sport’s biggest names.
Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Sky) and KOM winner Warren Barguil (Sunweb) got clear late, just as they did in Shanghai, but this time the race came back together for a bunch sprint. Cavendish crossed the line first ahead of the Japanese duo of Fumiyuki Beppu (Tour de France Japan Team) and Yusuke Hatanaka (Team Ukyo).