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by Matt de Neef
January 2, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Scandolara, Bibby win on stage 1 of the 2017 Bay Crits; Vos, Aerts victorious at GP Sven Nys; Kajsa Tylen sets women’s year record at more than 50,000km; The riders to watch in 2016 – how’d they get on?; Original 1974 Eddy Merckx Molteni on sale; Cycling Academy reveals 2017 kit; GCN’s 2016 bloopers.
The Australian summer of cycling began yesterday at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic in Geelong and it was Italy’s Valentina Scandolara (Ale) and the UK’s Ian Bibby (Condor JLT) that emerged victorious from stage 1.
In the 45-minute women’s criteirum an attack with less than 10 minutes to go saw Jess Allen (Orica-Scott), Shannon Malseed (Holden Women’s Cycling) and Scandolara get clear of the field. The trio would go on to maintain their gap through to the end with Scandolara taking a comfortable win, followed by Malseed and then Allen.
In the elite men’s race IsoWhey Sports-SwissWellness recruit Cameron Bayly spent half the hour-long race out front on his own before being reeled in by Orica-Scott with three laps to go. Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) appeared set for a third-straight win on the Richie Boulevard circuit but a crash to he and the other big favourites on the final corner saw Ian Bibby take a surprise victory. Jesse Kerrison (IsoWhey Sports-SwissWellness) was second while Matt Gibson (Condor JLT) was third.
Today’s second stage of the Bay Crits takes the riders to the toughest of the three circuits in Portarlington.
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