McCarthy and Hosking win Cadel’s; Vakoc’s spinal surgery: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

January 29, 2018

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jay McCarthy becomes the first Australian to win the men’s Cadel’s Race; Chloe Hosking earns Commonwealth Games selection with Cadel’s Race win; Jelle Wallays wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a San Juan; John Degenkolb wins the final day of Challenge Mallorca; Toms Skujins solos to first victory with Trek-Segafredo; Van der Poel and Cant win at Hoogerheide CX World Cup; Peter Vakoc undergoes successful spinal surgery after training crash; Bob Jungels on the QuickStep Floors training camp crash; The beauty of the unsteered bicycle; Small bike, big character.

Toms Skujins solos to first victory with Trek-Segafredo

by CyclingTips

Toms Skujins’ move to Trek-Segafredo already appears to have paid dividends with the Latvian soloing to victory on day three of Challenge Mallorca over the weekend.

Skujins counter-attacked 6km from the finish of Challenge Mallorca’s lumpiest race when a long attack from his teammate Michael Gogl was neutralised. From there the 26-year-old was able to solo to victory ahead of a group of the pre-race favourites, include Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal). Gregor Muhlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) also escaped late to take second, while Elmar Reinders (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) completed the podium.

“That was hard, much harder than expected”, Skujins said. “I was in trouble a lot of times but in the end with the teamwork we had it was just incredible. The way we rode today it was really a pleasure to be wearing the Trek-Segafredo jersey. We never sat back, we were always up there for the action, and if it were not for Michael Gogl going on the attack for 60km, we wouldn’t have won today.

“We saw in the end when Gogl was still solo – we had three or four guys in the next group so all we had to do was follow the wheels, and that we could go on the offensive again when he was caught.”