In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Marczynski wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a España; Viviani wins stage three of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen dominates TT and takes lead; Jack Bobridge charged over selling street drugs; Contador impresses Froome with attacks, feels back to form : ‘I’m enjoying myself more’; Van Garderen remains positive despite time lost on Vuelta’s stage 6; Betancur out of Vuelta a España; Greipel affected by worries about his parents; Cummings, Thomson, Venter, Van Zyl and Janse van Rensburg all renew with Team Dimension Data; Dillier to Ag2r La Mondiale, Lindeman extends with LottoNL-Jumbo; Tour of Alberta line-up headed by strong Cannondale-Drapac squad; Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross opens international cyclocross season; Video: Girona Cycling Guide Josep From Bikebreaks Shows Us His Castle And Bike Collection; Video: Junior Tour of Ireland Cycling 2017
Your Friday Daily News Digest
The first international cyclocross event of the 2017/18 season kicks off on Saturday and it couldn’t be starting much further from the home base of the sport in Europe. In a big leap forward for the young Australian cyclocross scene, the season opener is the C2 rated Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross.
Australia has never hosted an event at this level before, so it’s the first time the nation’s cyclocross fans will get to see their best riders take on an international field on home soil. And with UCI points up for grabs – not to mention bragging rights from taking out the opening international race – there is plenty of incentive to race hard.
The freshly minted Australian national champion Peta Mullens and three-time wearer of the green and gold jersey, Chris Jongewaard, will be out on the field taking on the likes of New Zealand national champion Kim Hurst, along with riders such as Emily Kachorek and Anthony Clark from the United States.
Thirty hours later and we made it to Melbourne! First thing’s first, straight to check out the venue. Sand, pump track rhythm section, fast road, and a long run up, this track is going to be fantastic! Oh, and I heard the women’s field is stacked! #fojcx #melgpcx #SquidWorldTour #SquidSquad #crossishere #stillinmytraveloutfit
You can follow the events from the weekend on social media on #melgpcx or find out more information on the event website. However, if you are in Melbourne the best option is undoubtedly to get out to Essendon Fields to race, watch and, of course, heckle.