Valverde leads Catalunya; De Vos on top in Langkawi: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

March 21, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Valverde wins Stage 2 sprint at Catalunya, moves into GC lead; Canadian Adam de Vos (Rally Cycling) solos to Stage 3 win, GC lead at Tour de Langkawi; Cape Epic: Cannondale men, Specialized women win again on Stage 2; Autonomous Uber car kills cyclist walking bike across road in Arizona; Stage 3 summit finish at Volta a Catalunya is cancelled; 2018 Colorado Classic announces route details in Vail; Shimano patents disc rotor cover; Steele von Hoff back racing four weeks after breaking his backl Santa Cruz bring back Blur and revamp HighBall cross-country bikes; RockyMounts issues voluntary recall of SplitRail and MonoRail hitch racks; Video: World champ Jolanda Neff’s impressive wheelie; Video: 1928 Penny Farthing Race in London.

Steele von Hoff back racing four weeks after breaking his back

by Matt de Neef

A touch over a month ago, on the day it was announced he’d ride for Australia at the upcoming Commonwealth Games, Steele von Hoff crashed at his local crit and fractured four vertebrae.

Speaking to CyclingTips in the days that followed the Victorian was optimistic about recovering in time for the Comm Games. Now, with three and a half weeks before the men’s road race on the Gold Coast, von Hoff appears to be on track. At Sandown Racecourse last night — the track where he crashed a month ago — von Hoff wasn’t just back racing, he was able to finish second in A grade.

Von Hoff has been spending his time training on Zwift and has also been riding bike tracks with his neck brace on.

There’s been no official word yet on whether von Hoff will retain his place in the Commonwealth Games squad but the signs are looking good.