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
De Gendt best in Vuelta, Ewan in Britain, Koster in Belgium: Your Daily News Digest
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.
Today we finished the Munda Biddi trail. 1,000km of blood, sweat and jumping gears. It was bloody hard. Whoever said this was just a gravel race was very wrong, it's as technical as any MTB race that I have done. Brutal at times but with many perfect moments. Tomorrow we have lots of this starting…2,000km of it eventually. I can't wait. I am as nervous as I ever was for the Outback but still, I cannot wait. What awaits us? Mostly nothing, but with it everything that we came for. Now for bed, which is the floor between the tables of a Chinese Restaurant in Northam. Tomorrow things get #Groad as. #racetotherock #climbingforqhubeka #bicycleschangelives #benkyrides #benkydownunder
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.
This is a critical resupply. It's a small roadhouse, but fuel is fuel. From here on the stretch to Menzies is just on 400km. There are no major resupply points, maybe water. This is where things get serious. Worse still if I arrive at Menzies when the store is closed. Hope everyone has done their homework and packs for the long haul ???????????????????????? #packlighttravelfar #racetotherock #racerideseek #uprockandroll
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.