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by Shane Stokes
September 2, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Trentin completes treble with victory on stage 13 of Vuelta; Brennauer outsprints Hosking and Fournier to win stage 4 of Boels Ladies Tour; Belkov says Vuelta assailant has a mental disability: ‘I won’t take any further action’; Successful heart surgery for Navardauskas; Following swift recovery from fractures, Hermans confirmed for Tour of Britain; Lawless joins other Tour de l’Avenir stage winners at Team Sky; Reist becomes first woman to win Race Around Ireland; Video: Theuns belts some tunes in Vuelta singsong; Video: Chris Froome post-race interview, Stage 13 Vuelta a España
Swiss rider Nicole Reist made history this week when she became the first woman to win the Race Around Ireland. The 33-year-old completed the 2153 kilometre test more than 12 hours ahead of her nearest challenger, who was leading the men’s category.
She took 112hrs and 21mins to complete her epic journey, averaging 19.71 kilometres per hour, and rested for just four hours in total. Her average speed was the eighth fastest in the history of the race, and smashed the women’s record set by her compatriot Isabelle Pulver last year.
Asked to name her favourite things about her debut in the race, she nominated four aspects. “The scenery, the people, the fans out on road and my crew,” she said, adding that the lack of sleep was her biggest challenge.
She won the TorTour ultra-cycling event in Austria a week before travelling to Ireland. She is currently training for the 2018 Race Across America, and will take considerable encouragement from her storming ride in Ireland.