Russians sue, Movistar launches women’s team, Mullen to Trek: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 12, 2017

Photography by Kristof Ramon

Russian riders to sue Wada and Dr Richard McLaren over Rio Olympics exclusion; Movistar team launches women’s team for 2018, unveils new-look team kit; Mullen and Frame sign with Trek-Segafredo; Farrar retires from pro cycling; Race to the Rock: Sarah Hammond on track for a second win; Cyclist fighting for her life after drunk driver hits group of riders in Brooklyn; Video: Sven Nys shows off his cross skills at the Chicago Cyclocross Cup; Video: Ras na mBan Stage Four & Five Highlights; Video: Ras na mBan Stage Six Highlights; Video: Cyclists shrug off hurricane warnings

Race to the Rock: Sarah Hammond on track for a second win

by Simone Giuliani

The riders at the front of the 3,000 kilometres Race to the Rock are rapidly approaching the heart of Australia’s red centre, with Sarah Hammond looking increasingly like she’ll be able to claim the win the self-supported ultra-endurance race for a second year running.

By late Monday Hammond had carved out a lead of around 130 kilometres on second-placed rider Kevin Benkenstein. The pair have been close together through much of the race but Hammond all of a sudden stretched out the gap, with her resolve seeming to strengthen with the end nearly in sight. The Australian strong women of ultra-endurance cycling is now over 2,500 kilometres into the race after working her way from Albany in Western Australia through to the rough, sandy and remote Great Central Road.

Let's finish this! #racetotherock #racerideseek #packlighttravelfar #uprockandroll

A post shared by Sarah Hammond (@flexgoogly) on

Behind, Race to the Rock chief instigator Jesse Carlsson has put in a phenomenal chase to move into third place. He has pulled back ground day after day after giving the rest of the field more than two days and 600 kilometres head start because of equipment damage.

Was chasing this guy for ages today. He kept getting taller and then disappeared ???? #racetotherock

A post shared by Jesse Carlsson (@jessecarlsson) on

Carlsson was about 300 kilometres behind Hammond by Monday night, so while he may not make it to Uluru first it seems certain he will be the quickest from start to finish. Fernando de Andrade is just behind Carlsson in fourth.

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: