In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Michael Valgren wins the men’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Christina Siggaard a surprise winner in the women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Dylan Groenewegen takes out Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne; Alejandro Valverde victorious at the Abu Dhabi Tour; Ellen van Dijk rides to Omloop van het Hageland victory; Hannah Barnes wins the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana; Astana in doubt due to ‘critical’ funding issues; Martin Vestby joins Mitchelton-Scott women’s team as sports director; Dumoulin’s Abu Dhabi dummy-spit; Photo galleries from NAHBS.
Valgren wins Het Nieuwsblad, Valverde shines in Abu Dhabi: Daily News Digest
Martin Vestby has joined the Mitchelton-Scott women’s team as a sports director, the Norwegian making his debut with the team at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad over the weekend.
A former rider himself and the husband of former team rider Emma Johansson, Vestby is no stranger to the world of cycling.
“It almost feels like coming home a little bit, those years when Emma was racing for the team I helped out a little bit sometimes with bottles and things. It is a team that is like a big family,” Vestby explained. “So for me it is relaxed but also a step up. It is a really good well organised team and it is bigger than what I am used to.
“I was working last year with Wiggle High5, also the Swedish national team combined with a Continental team in Sweden, and with the Norwegian U23 and junior boys team. Before that with Hitec-Products for three years at the start, so I have done a little bit of everything really. I have been so close to women’s cycling for a while. You understand it and know a lot of the races and all these things.”