Daily News Digest: Sagan returns to winning ways; CX nationals round up

by Neal Rogers

January 15, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan opens season with win at People’s Choice Classic; Spratt takes Santos Women’s Tour GC, Hosking wins final stage; Van der Poel, Van Aert defend respective national CX titles; Cant, Brand, Ferrand-Prevot take national CX titles; Hyde defends US national cyclocross title after duel with Powers; Compton holds off Noble to take 14th consecutive national CX title; 2018 Vuelta a España route details announced; Sky debutant Halvorsen out for TDU after fracture in People’s Choice crash; Kask unveils Utopia, its most aerodynamic road helmet.

Sagan opens season with win at People’s Choice Classic

by Matt de Neef

ADELAIDE, Australia (CT) – Three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) has started his season in perfect fashion, winning the People’s Choice Classic criterium on the opening night of the Santos Tour Down Under.

Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe team took control at the front of the peloton in the closing laps of the 22-lap race as the sprinters’ teams jostled for position. Sagan came from a long way back in the sprint but when he hit the front no one was able to come around him.

Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) held on for second while Australian criterium champion Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) was third.

Sagan’s victory came as something as a surprise to the Slovakian. It’s his first race of the new season and he’s building towards bigger targets later in the year.

“I didn’t expect that I could win,” Sagan said. “It was more about positioning [tonight].”

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