Chris Froome will race Ruta del Sol; cyclocross beyond Belgium: Daily News Digest

by Caley Fretz

February 6, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Chris Froome will start season at Ruta del Sol; Cavendish primed for season start, is weighing up motorbike racing post-career; Beyond Belgium: A look at the internationalisation of cyclocross; Romain Bardet out of season opener with arm injury; Nairo Quintana’s calm start at Oro y Paz; Bikes of the Bunch: Conor McGregor’s FiftyOne; Cycling Australia’s new CEO; AfterShokz Trekz headphone review; Sprinters to clash in Dubai’s sands; Leprechauns storm (dance on) cyclocross worlds podium.

Sprinters set to clash in Dubai

by CyclingTips

The sands of Dubai will mark the first showdown of cycling’s fast men.

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) will face off on wide, wind-swept roads from February 6-10.

Kittel won three sprints in last year’s Dubai Tour and earned the overall victory. Dubai always serves as a training ground for each team’s sprint train, and a good opportunity to see which teams have dialed in the mechanics of sprinting over the offseason.

CyclingTips’ Shane Stokes will be on the ground in Dubai. Watch this space.