In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Viviani wins stage two of the Tour of Britain after Boasson-Hagen relegated; Boasson Hagen responds to relegation; Phinney disqualified from Tour of Britain; Dennis out of Vuelta, Frankiny also forced to withdraw; UCI rejects criticism of hidden motor tests, but Stade 2 report raises important questions; Haig extends with Orica-Scott; Gilbert and Van Avermaet named as leaders for Belgian world championship squad; Starting the Race to the Rock with a huge handicap; Tech: Wattbike launches new indoor trainer for home users; Video: Red Hook Crit Barcelona; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage pass from stage 15 of the Vuelta a España; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Boels Rental Ladies Tour, highlights day 6; Video: When roadies go off-road
Viviani wins, Boasson Hagen relegated, Phinney DSQ: Your Daily News Digest
The 3,000 kilometre Race to the Rock rolled into a third day on Monday with a new competitor thrown into the mix. Not just any competitor either, as it was chief instigator Jesse Carlsson who rolled off the start line of the ultra-endurance race with a huge 600 kilometre handicap.
An all-important piece of equipment for self-supported racing, the dynamo hub which powers lights and electrical devices, was damaged on the flight over. Then a replacement being couriered over didn’t make it over in time so 2015 Trans Am winner, Carlsson, missed the start.
But it arrived on Monday so Carlsson, one of the pre-race favourites, set out with an almighty chase on his hands.
At the front of the field last year’s winner Sarah Hammond was in the lead most of Monday as she worked her way up the second half of the Munda Biddi trail. Adam Rosza and Kevin Benkenstein stuck close behind to make a tight group of three at the head of the race.