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by Matt de Neef
May 8, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Fernando Gaviria takes Giro d’Italia lead with stage 3 victory; Jolien D’Hoore victorious at the Tour of Chongming Island; Kirill Pozdnyakov wraps up overall victory at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Marianne Vos claims her first win of the season at Trofee Maarten Wynants; Ruth Winder, TJ Eisenhart win the Redlands Bicycle Classic; Shannon Malseed wins the Tour of the South West; Rohan Dennis crashes out of Giro GC contention; Caleb Ewan devastated after missed opportunity on Giro’s second stage; Nicola Ruffoni suggests prostate infection as cause for positive test; British cycling apparel brand Vulpine enters administration; Two cyclists killed as alleged drunk and drugged driver hits group in Spain; Video – Van driver forces cyclist off the road.
Shannon Malseed (Holden Women’s Racing) has taken overall honours at the Tour of the South West, the second round of the Australian women’s National Road Series, and moved into the overall lead in the individual classification in the process. Malseed took out the Tour by picking up several time bonuses in the final stage criterium around Peterborough, Victoria.
“I slipped into the GC lead which was a surprising result for me but I am really happy with it,” said Malseed. “It was a classy field here at the Tour and it was just great to race against those girls and this is what we love doing, we love racing our bikes. So, when it’s really hard it’s even better. To get the GC win is fantastic for me.
“It was an unexpected surprise to become the overall series leader. My teammate Louisa [Lobigs], held the leader’s jersey going into this so it’s cool that we kind of share it around [the Holden Women’s Racing team].”
Malseed on her way to overall victory. (Image: Con Chronis/Cycling Australia)
Stage 1 of the three-stage race was an individual time trial and it was reigning National Road Series champion Lisen Hockings (Holden Women’s Racing) that took the victory. Former Australian criterium champion Sophie Mackay (Specialized Women’s Racing) took out the bunch sprint to win a blustery stage 2, and track world champion and Olympian Ash Ankudinoff won the stage 3 criterium.
With two rounds of the 2017 women’s National Road Series now complete, the series continues with the Mersey Valley Tour in Tasmania, starting this Friday.
Follow the link for results from the 2017 Tour of the South West.