In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Alex Edmondson dashes to Australian road race title; Shannon Malseed sneaks past the favourites to become Australian champion; Cyrus Monk solos to Australian U23 road title; Georgia Williams claims New Zealand nationals double; Jason Christie, Hamish Bond claim New Zealand national titles; Durbridge suffers concussion and broken collarbone in Road Nats crash; Michael Matthews to target Spring Classics and Tour de France sprints in 2018; Greg LeMond critical of Chris Froome’s salbutamol excuse; Pierre Rolland to tackle the Tour de France and Vuelta a España in 2018; American Classic shuts up shop; Meet Shannon Malseed, 2018 Australian road race champion.
Edmondson, Malseed take Australian road titles: Your CT Daily News Digest
In recent years Michael Matthews (Sunweb) has started his season at Paris-Nice. In 2018, he’ll kick things off a week earlier, at Belgian “opening weekend”, as he puts greater focus on the Spring Classics.
And rather than taking his usual approach of training in South Africa pre-season, Matthews will head to the Sierra Nevada this time around, following in the footsteps of a Dutch teammate.
“Tom [Dumoulin] went to Sierra Nevada this year and he really liked it,” said Matthews at the Sunweb team presentation. “I’ve never really been before but we’ll see how that goes. Then I’ll start with Nieuwsblad. In South Africa, it can be 30 degrees and it could be hard to come back to the cold of the Classics. In Sierra Nevada, it’s also cold, so maybe that will work a bit better as preparation.”
While Matthews will race Omloop het Nieuwsblad to see what he’s capable of on the cobbles, he’ll postpone a Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix debut for another year at least: “To throw me into Flanders is maybe too much for the moment, especially with all these other Classics I’m doing and with the Ardennes Classics to follow afterwards.
“We’ll see how it goes this year and maybe next year we’ll think about the Tour of Flanders.”
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