De Gendt best in Vuelta, Ewan in Britain, Koster in Belgium: Your Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 9, 2017

De Gendt wins stage 19 of the Vuelta a España; Ewan wins stage 6 of the Tour of Britain; In a big shake-up, Anouska Koster takes final stage win and overall in Lotto Belgium Tour; Contador: The podium is really far away; Armstrong’s trial delayed until 2018; Bike Channel UK confirms closure after failing to find a buyer; Race to the Rock: Hammond leads but Carlsson on the charge; Video: Stage 17 & 18 backstage pass, Vuelta a España; Video: Cycling Motivation – Greatness; Video: Warren Barguil – Emotions; Video: My Red Hook Crit Barcelona 2017 Disaster

Race to the Rock: Hammond leads but Carlsson on the charge

by Simone Giuliani

The race at the front of the 3,000 kilometre Race to the Rock is still tight as the riders speed toward the end of their first week on the bike. Plus with the way chief instigator Jesse Carlsson is pulling back ground as he charges along the tracks and roads of Western Australia, it could get even tighter. Last year’s winner Sarah Hammond took the lead in the early days on the 1,000 kilometre Munda Biddi trail. However Adam Rosza and experienced South African Kevin Benkenstein were never too far behind.

Though, Hammond and Benkenstein had established a substantial gap on Rosza by late Friday. They stretched out the gap as they worked their way east over the roads and tracks heading into the heart of the remote outback toward Uluru.

At the front Hammond had covered close to 1,700 kilometres, as she rolled into the tiny goldfields region town of Menzies. Benkenstein was around 20 kilometres behind while Rosza was over 200 kilometres further back. Carlsson had started sweeping past the back markers despite giving the rest of the field well over two days and 600 kilometres as a head start while he waited for a crucial piece of equipment to be replaced. The 2015 Trans Am winner was a little over 400 kilometres behind Hammond.

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 the key details on the race.