Vuelta stage 15, Boels Ladies Tour, Tour of Britain: Your Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

September 4, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Lopez doubles up at the Vuelta a España, Froome extends lead; Annemiek van Vleuten wins the Boels Rental Ladies Tour; Caleb Ewan claims stage 1 of the Tour of Britain; Bouhanni victorious at the GP de Fourmies; Arnaud Demare takes out the Brussels Cycling Classic; Evan Huffman leads the Tour of Alberta after three stages; Carol Cooke takes two gold medals at Para-cycling World Championships; Race to the Rock gets underway, but its chief instigator doesn’t; Doubts raised over effectiveness of UCI mechanical fraud tests.

Race to the Rock gets underway, but its chief instigator doesn’t

by Simone Giuliani

The 3,000 kilometre ultra-endurance race into the Australian outback, the Race to the Rock, started on the weekend with most of the riders taking off from Albany on Saturday morning. However, the field was one rider short with chief instigator Jesse Carlsson missing the start after having a crucial piece of equipment damaged on the flight over.

The rest of the riders headed off on the 1,000 kilometre-long Munda Biddi trail and it didn’t take long to sort out who would be at the front of the field. Not that they carved out a lead in easy conditions, as last year’s winner Sarah Hammond explains in the following video.

By the time the riders were almost two days into the self-supported race, Hammond had just overtaken Adam Rozsa to slot into the lead. Rozsa, who had been out front most of the race so far, was followed by Kevin Benkenstein in third. The top three are a tightly-packed bunch, spread over little more than 20 kilometres after more than 520 kilometres of racing.

Carlsson, unfortunately, was yet to start. The 2015 Trans Am winner quickly organised a replacement dynamo hub wheel when it was apparent his was damaged. Then, in another turn of unfortunate luck, the replacement went missing while being couriered over.

Hello internet… I’m still in Albany waiting for a replacement wheel instead of racing to the Rock. Not to worry! I’ve been having fun trying to cover @racetotherock as a little one-man social band and boost the awesome efforts of the riders so far. It feels like I’m taking part in seven rides instead of just one. Unfortunately my dynamo hub was damaged on the trip to Albany. I’ve been travelling with these hubs for a few years without any issue now, so it must’ve been a bit of bad luck. It did look like the box took a big hit from the side. The @curvecycling squad went above and beyond to get a new wheel sent over. I was all excited to start with the crew on Saturday, but the courier company lost the box. I was hoping to find the wheel and pick it up wherever it was on Saturday. I was super excited about a Sunday start. I thought it might be even more fun trying to chase the other riders, but the courier company could not locate the box. They’re going to try again on Monday ????. Racing or cruising, this is not the sort of adventure you start without equipment you can trust. I’m not heading out with a hub that’s grinding badly. It’s too danger mouse ?? ???? . Fingers crossed I can get the wheel tomorrow and head out for a spin on Tuesday, otherwise I might just head back to work and kick on with things. Thanks everyone for all the offers of help to get me rolling. It means a lot! . #racetotherock #touringwithasenseofurgency #gmxbandits

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You can follow the riders as they move across the map here and there are regular updates on the race Instagram account. We’ve also put together an article with all the key details on the race.