Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 20, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Caleb Ewan asserts Tour Down Under sprint dominance with stage 3 win; The comeback star: Marianne Vos on her stellar cross season and the pure joy of being back; Cookson answers questions at Tour Down Under; Nippo – Vini Fantini manager asks for Italian federation, UCI to intervene in Giro wildcard process; RCS Sport director responds to wildcard selection reactions; Quintana to race Giro-Tour double;Wiggins’ former teammate speaks in defence of TUEs; 15 WorldTour teams for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Gaudry re-elected as President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation; Armstrong enters endurance MTB race with former Postal teammates; Santos Tour Down Under, stage 3 highlights; ORICA-Scott Backstage Pass – Tour Down Under, stage 3; Video: Cyclist has close call with falling tree.

The comeback star: Marianne Vos on her stellar cross season and the pure joy of being back

by VeloClub

What a difference a year can make. When we spoke to Marianne Vos around this time last year, her return to racing was still uncertain. She had been sidelined with injuries for over a year, and her comeback was much anticipated. The multiple world and Olympic champion admitted to being doubtful about her recovery and frustrated by the uncertainty. But she made a successful return to racing just weeks later, in March. She rode a full season with her Rabo-Liv team, which saw her back on top of the podium at the Pajot Hills Classic, Tour of California and the Aviva Ladies Tour.

This winter, Vos’ return to the dirt was equally anticipated. Absent from the startline since January 2015, the seven-time cyclocross world champion expected to return in good form, but even she herself was surprised to be winning as much as she has these past few weeks. With just two weeks till the pinnacle event of the cyclocross season, the 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships, we caught up with Vos during her training camp in Calpe, Spain, where she and her new WM3 Pro Cycling team are preparing for the fast-approaching road season. Here is an excerpt:

“Throughout the road season, I noticed that I was getting better and it wasn’t till my last races of the season –the Olympics and the world championships– that I felt my best. And so I entered the winter period with a good feeling and a lot of motivation.” Still, Vos admits that coming across the finish in fourth place at Scheldecross in Antwerpen on December 17 –her first race in two years– was beyond her expectations, as was being back on top of the podium that following week. “That I subsequently won a week later, that was really great. It’s something I’d hoped for, of course. It’s what you dream of, but it’s something I had perhaps expected later in the season,” she said.

And it showed. You look at the finish line photos now and you can see just how much that victory meant to Vos.

“Well, yeah. You and I talked at the beginning of the season last year and so you know where I was at. That I had my doubt about returning to the top, to my old form. That I wasn’t sure how long it would take, or if I was going to make a full recovery,” she said. “But that doubt and that hope that it’ll all be OK come together in a moment like that, and it’s a great feeling. It’s not a feeling of relief, it’s pure joy. And I had missed that.”

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