Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

May 30, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali wins the 2016 Giro d’Italia; Dries Devenyns crowned Belgium Tour winner; Megan Guarnier and Greg Daniel win US National Road titles; Anthony Giacoppo victorious in Tour of Japan prologue; Gracie Elvin claims her second consecutive win at Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik; Lizzie Armiststead wins the Boels Rental Hills Classic; Rachel Neylan solos to GP de Plumelec victory; Stig Broeckx in a coma after Belgium Tour pile-up; Bahrain Cycling Team one step closer to reality; Brian Cookson worried Rio Olympic velodrome won’t be ready in time; Mario Cipollini on the state of modern sprinting; Orica-GreenEdge Backstage Pass – Giro d’Italia stage 20.

Rachel Neylan solos to GP de Plumelec victory

by Matt de Neef

Rachel Neylan (Australian Development Team) has claimed her first victory of the season, winning the GP de Plumelecin France with a late solo move.

The Orica-AIS rider, who was at the race with the Australian National Team, made her move with 1.2km to go.

“I basically looked around me and saw that there were still far too many girls in the peloton for my liking, and I knew I had to do something,” Neylan said. “I had it in the big ring. I dropped it down a few. And then I put my head down and launched the absolute biggest attack I could. This was all or nothing. I was either going to win the damn bike race or blow spectacularly trying.”

Neylan opened up a gap and went on to win as an elite chase group closed in. Christine Majerus (Luxembourg) was second while Elise Delzenne (France) was third.

“I came here with a clear and simple objective in mind, and the way my teammates were riding around me inspired me until the last moment,” said Neylan. “I knew I had the legs. I know that kind of power climb suits me. It was just a matter of backing myself and trusting my instinct. It was a very long and painful kilometre, and I’m so happy I could finish off the work my teammates had done for me all day.”

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