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.
Valgren and Blaak win Amstel Gold; Aussie Comm Games gold: Daily News Digest
In Lucy Kennedy’s own words, her Ardennes week is over “before it really began”. The 29-year-old Mitchelton-Scott rider crashed during yesterday’s Amstel Gold Race, landing herself with multiple fractures and forcing her to the sidelines in her first season as a pro.
Ardennes week is over for me before it really began. Crashed hard (though I have no memory of it). In hospital with broken clavicle, scapula and eye socket. Wish I could've been there to celebrate @AmandaSpratt's awesome podium!
— Lucy Kennedy (@lucyjkenn) April 15, 2018
The news wasn’t all bad for Mitchelton-Scott — Amanda Spratt took her best-ever result in a one-day WorldTour race:
My first World Tour podium in a one day race. Super happy & proud to start the Ardennes campaign with 3rd at Amstel Gold ????. My team were great and I’m grateful for the opportunity to go for a result. Now recover and get ready to do it again at Fleche Wallone on Wednesday ???? https://t.co/vhuc7Co60I
— AmandaSpratt (@AmandaSpratt) April 15, 2018