Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

January 2, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Scandolara, Bibby win on stage 1 of the 2017 Bay Crits; Vos, Aerts victorious at GP Sven Nys; Kajsa Tylen sets women’s year record at more than 50,000km; The riders to watch in 2016 – how’d they get on?; Original 1974 Eddy Merckx Molteni on sale; Cycling Academy reveals 2017 kit; GCN’s 2016 bloopers.

The riders to watch in 2016 – how’d they get on?

by CyclingTips

Back at the start of 2016, The Inner Ring nominated a handful of riders that, he thought, would be worth keeping an eye on throughout the year. Now that the year is done, how did those riders go?

Here’s an excerpt from the piece — an analysis of Russian rider Ilnur Zakarin:

Ilnur Zakarin had a successful 2016 season that confirms he’s no “meteor”, a rider who briefly rises and sinks without trace. The Stork of Tatarstan took a stage win at the Madonne d’Utelle in Paris-Nice after making the cut on the summit finish and then was the only rider who could follow Nairo Quintana in the Tour de Romandie and they tussled for the stage win.

He rode the Giro and was rising up the rankings during the third week to sit fifth overall before a horror crash saw him out of the race before the final weekend. Despite broken bones he was back for the Tour de France, saved himself for stage hunting and duly took a win after cracking Rafal Majka and Jarlinson Pantano on the steep climb to the the Emosson dam in Switzerland.

There’d been talk that Katusha was going to stop but he’s been a factor behind the desire to keep the show on the road.

Follow the link to read the full post at The Inner Ring.