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by Mark Zalewski
March 13, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Henao wins overall at Paris-Nice, De La Cruz takes final stage; Dideriksen wins Ronde van Drenthe; Sagan takes second Tirreno-Adriatico stage win; Hosking wins Drentse 8 van Westerveld; Van Schip outclasses WorldTour riders to win Ronde Van Drenthe; Australia dominates Oceania Continental Championship road races; “One small mistake cost us the race”: inside the Ronde van Drenthe with Janneke Ensing; Jess Varnish calls for British Cycling board to resign; Illness forces Adam Yates out of Tirreno-Adriatico while in second overall; ASO brings sponsorship support to Volta a Catalunya; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 8 highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Ronde Van Drenthe highlights.
Australia repeated its dominance of the Oceania Continental Championship, winning all six road races in Canberra. Sean Lake (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) won the elite men’s title and Lisen Hockings won the elite women’s event.
Lisen Hockings takes the win. Photo: Adrian Marshall
“It means heaps to come back to these races and take the wins especially after a disappointing nationals and changing the type of rider I am. It’s huge for the confidence and hopefully I’ll have a big year ahead,” Lake said.
“Really tough conditions out there but I really like races that are hard and hot all day, they seem to suit me well! I did watch the Australian team riders a fair bit as they were super strong today and I think I managed to play my cards perfectly to drop all the elite riders and get away with them.”
“I’m really happy to be back on my bike and racing with the Holden Women’s Cycling Team and obviously delighted to take the win,” said Hockings who earlier finished third in the time trial. “I missed the whole summer of racing due to injury so I’m delighted to be back on the road and enjoying myself.
“We had a lot of numbers in the race today and the team was defending the jersey after Shannon’s win last year so to be able to go 1-2 for the team is a great result. It was very definitely a team effort out there: Louisa [Lobigs], Jaime [Gunning] and Dani [McKinnirey] followed every move or were off the front themselves.”