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by Matt de Neef
May 29, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Tom Dumoulin wins the 100th Giro d’Italia; Jens Keukeleire wins the Baloise Belgium Tour; Edvald Boasson Hagen wins Tour des Fjords; Marianne Vos wins Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik for a third time; Oscar Pujol wins the Tour of Japan, Nathan Earle second; Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio goes back-to-back with French double; Quintana believes late sickness cost him the Giro; Stijn Vandenbergh released from hospital, two weeks after crash; Transcontinental Race to continue in 2017; Davide Cimolai hit by a car in training; Vulpine saved from administration by Mango Bikes; Giuseppe Fonzi’s Giro nod to Happy Days; Behind the scenes of Tom Dumoulin’s Giro win.
The Transcontinental Race is set to go ahead this year as a group of Mike Hall’s friends and colleagues have come together to organise the ultra-endurance race across Europe.
Hall, the founder and organiser of the race, lost his life on the road in Australia on Friday March 31 as he competed in the final stretch of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race, leaving the world of long-distance cycling reeling at the loss of one of its most admired and successful competitors.
“We know Mike would have wanted this race to take place and we know you are all very motivated to race, the difficulty was in how to put on the race without its founder and director,” said a post on the Transcontinental Facebook group. “The team have vowed to uphold the spirit and integrity of the race Mike designed whilst being very aware that we cannot hope to put on the exact race Mike would have given you.”
The organisers requested patience and support while they deal with sorting out all the details.
The race, which is heading into its fifth edition, starts on July 28 and was won last year by Kristof Allegaert in eight days, 15 hours and two minutes.
Follow the link to read more at the Transcontinental Race Facebook page.