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Valgren and Blaak win Amstel Gold; Aussie Comm Games gold: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 16, 2018

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Michael Valgren wins Amstel Gold from late attack; World champion Blaak outsprints Brand to win women’s Amstel Gold; Steele von Hoff takes gold in Commonwealth Games fairytale finish; Chloe Hosking sprints to Comm Games gold; Matthews devastated by bad luck in Amstel Gold Race; Multiple fractures for Lucy Kennedy after Amstel Gold crash; Froome doesn’t want to give a running commentary on salbutamol case; Fabio Felline sidelined until late May with toxoplasmosis; Bora extends sponsorship through 2021; HiRide tests smart suspension at the cobbled classics; What it takes to ride the break at Amstel Gold Race.

Matthews devastated by bad luck in Amstel Gold Race

by Shane Stokes

Michael Matthews (Sunweb) was one of the favourites going into Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race but an untimely puncture put an end to his chances of winning the Dutch one-day race. He was with the main favourites heading into the final 25 kilometres before a puncture and slow wheel change saw him drop from contention.

“I just got a flat tyre at a bad point in the race, I guess,” he said afterwards, sniffing and sounding choked up. “I was feeling really good until then. I was not making any moves – I was trying to save it for the final lap, because I knew that is where the winning move was going to go.

“This was one of my really big goals of the year. And to not even get a shot at having a go in the final … that is the hardest part. If you have a go and fail, then at least you tried. But now I didn’t even get to try. I am just devastated.”

The day’s outcome continues disappointment for Matthews this season. He started the year with high hopes of Classics success, but crashed out of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. While his team initially thought his injuries were muscular, he was then diagnosed with a fractured left shoulder.  That meant he was out of competition for almost a month, before returning with a highly respectable seventh in Milan-San Remo.

Next up for Matthews is Wednesday’s Flèche Wallonne. He will then do Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Tour of Romandy and the GP Frankfurt.

Follow the link to read more at CyclingTips.

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