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by Mark Zalewski
June 24, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Civil war averted: UCI, ASO reach agreement over WorldTour reforms; Trans Am: Lael Wilcox wins, smashes women’s record; Alejandro Valverde Q&A: ‘I think nobody doubts my performances anymore’; Glaetzer bests Perkins in match sprint at International Track Series; Lotto-Soudal aims for Tour wins with Greipel; Giant-Alpecin announced Tour roster; Wout van Aert extends with Crelan-Vastgoedservice; No Norwegian WorldTour team for 2017; BMC extends with Quinziato, Wyss; Official Tour de France teaser video; Michael Barry on building bikes with his father
In an incredibly tight finish after 7,080 kilometres (4,400 miles) of racing Lael Wilcox won the Trans Am, making her the first woman and first American to win the brutally tough unsupported race across the United States.
The experienced Alaskan bike packer rode from Astoria, Oregon across to Yorktown, Virginia in just a little over 18 days, taking a huge chunk of almost three days off the former women’s record, which was set by Juliana Buhring in 2014.
Right up to the last hours of the long race, it was uncertain who would come first in 2016 with Wilcox, who also holds the women’s record for the Tour Divide, catching Greek rider Steffen Streich in the middle of the night.
When Wilcox came across Streich on the course, he waited for her after she briefly took a wrong turn and proposed that they ride over the line together. “I was like ‘no it’s a race,’” Wilcox said on the Trans Am Facebook live feed as she sat at the Yorktown Victory Monument finish line. “And then I just took off.”
Wilcox quickly built a gap that had her well clear by the time she made it to the finish to receive the well-earned congratulations, both in person and online, from the many who had watched the race unfold via live tracker.
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