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by Matt de Neef
December 12, 2016
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Cant victorious at Essen CX meet; BMC confirms its 2017 roster; Astana reveals its final roster for the 2017 season; Bardet’s Giro plans on hold, will again race the Tour in 2017; Nathan Haas on learning from Edvald Boasson-Hagen; Sean Lake targeting Australian Road Nationals time trial; Parcours revealed for 2017 Tour de Romandie; David Rebellin signs with Kuwait-Cartucho.es Continental team; Ag2r-La Mondiale trainee killed while hiking; How wildcard places were awarded in WorldTour races in 2016.
Pro cycling’s Grand Tours typically cover about 3,500km in three weeks of riding — a long way by anyone’s estimation. But the Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme ultra-stage bike race takes things to another level.
In 14 stages and 25 days, the race covers 9,200km, following the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to the Pacific coast. The race is so hard that none of the (six) riders in the solo category completed this year’s event. Two teams of two did manage to complete the race on time, however.
The 2017 edition of the Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme sets off from Moscow on July 18, 2017 …