Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

January 9, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Miles Scotson solos to thrilling Australian road race title; Garfoot adds women’s Australian road race title to tally in Orica-Scott one-two; Sam Jenner solos to Australian U23 road race title; Joe Cooper wins his second New Zealand road race title; Rushlee Buchan takes record-breaking fourth New Zealand road race title; Cyclocross national champions crowned; Chris Froome and Cadel Evans interview one another; Miles Scotson’s national champion’s jersey; Alberto Contador’s indoor training video; When indoor training and gymnastics collide.

Miles Scotson solos to thrilling Australian road race title

by Matt de Neef

Miles Scotson (BMC) will wear the green and gold of Australian road race champion in his first season as a professional after a thrilling solo victory at the Australian Road National Championships on Sunday.

Scotson, who won on the Mt. Buninyong circuit as an U23 two years ago, put in a devastating attack with 1.5km to go in yesterday’s race, leaving behind an elite group of 13 riders and powering to the line. Two-time former winner and pre-race favourite Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott) won the bunch kick for second while fellow favourite Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) dashed to third.

“I didn’t really have a tactic. I wasn’t sure if I was actually going to get around 18 laps today but I had really good legs,” Scotson said. “Sometimes it can stay away here and I was like ‘I’m going to put a bigger chainring on and stick to the plan of just all-in really’. And I was so glad I did because then I just waited behind in the last lap and then whacked them.”

The 183.6km, 18-lap race played out in hot conditions and saw a group of nine riders get clear in the opening laps. The fireworks began on lap 14 when the leaders started attacking one another and the peloton started to close in.

Follow the link to read more at CyclingTips.