Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

January 23, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte wins the 2017 Tour Down Under, Caleb Ewan takes a fourth stage win; Roe triumphs on day one of the New Zealand Cycle Classic; Van der Har heads Telenet-Fidea one-two-three in Hoogerheide World Cup; Vos the boss in Hoogerheide World Cup; Haas edged out for Santos Tour Down Under podium; De Gendt scoops King of the Mountains jersey on final stage; Positive test followed by suicide of rider’s coach; Santos Tour Down Under, stage 5 highlights; Santos Tour Down Under, stage 6 highlights; VTWO/CyclingTips Carpark Climb; 360 degree video from Hoogerheide World Cup

Roe triumphs on day one of the New Zealand Cycle Classic

by VeloClub

Australia’s Timothy Roe drew first blood at the New Zealand Cycle Classic on Sunday, soloing to victory at the end of stage one into Castlepoint. The IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness rider clipped away on the final climb, approximately two kilometres from the finish, and hit the line five seconds clear of Kiwi runner-up Alex Frame (JLT Condor) and Brad Evans (New Zealand).

Nine others also finished in the chase group, keeping things relatively tight in advance of stage two.

“It was really tough, it was hard racing … every team was attacking,” said Roe, a former BMC Racing Team rider. “I can’t remember the last time I rode in conditions like that … it was hard core.”

He explained the manner of his victory to Stuff.co.nz. “I made my move towards the top of the climb. I had good legs and got away then just had to do two kilometres down the hill. I couldn’t actually see much through my sunnies with the visibility, so I was just hoping it was going to finish soon.”

The success was his first UCI-ranked win in eight years. After signing with the BMC Racing Team back in 2011, he had several years of injuries, including a broken kneecap sustained in 2016. He said that he is hoping to regain confidence this season and start gathering results once more.

Monday’s second stage will begin in Masterton and cover 147 kilometres en route to the uphill finish of Admiral Hill.

Stage 1: Masterton > Castlepoint - Stage Result

Sunday 22nd January 2017

1. au
ROE Timothy
IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness team
02:57:21
2. nz
FRAME Alex
JLT Condor
0:05
3. nz
EVANS Brad
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