Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 6, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Démare sprints to victory on stage two of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Stephens soloes to Dirty Kanza victory, Tetrick wins women’s race in record time; Recovering Kristoff accepts second place; Martin: “I feel good”; Cavendish to return to racing at the Tour of Slovenia; Frustrated Viviani could leave Team Sky over racing programme; Bahamontes’ unusual pathway to pro cycling; Self-driving cars have ‘frightening’ inability to spot cyclists; Video: Critérium du Dauphiné 2017 Stage 1 – Onboard GoPro Highlights; Video: Junior Womens Track Cycling

Stephens soloes to Dirty Kanza victory, Tetrick wins women’s race in record time

by VeloClub

Mat Stephens wins the 2017 men’s Dirty Kanza race. Photo by Kim Morris

Panaracer Gravel Team rider Matt Stephens was best in Saturday’s Dirty Kanza 200 race in Kansas, shrugging off the pain of a rib fractured a week beforehand. He used aero bars as part of his successful bid to win the gravel race, finishing the event in under 11 hours

The Texan finished two minutes 43 seconds clear of Jake Wells, who in turn was five second ahead of Menso de Jong. He said afterwards that the 200 mile distance was a worry beforehand. “I didn’t know how the body would respond after mile 130. That was my limit this year for training, but I started feeling better and better throughout the day.”

He was frustrated with some riders not working in an early select group of 10 and pushed ahead at mile 130, going clear with Wells and de Jong. He then dropped both with ten miles remaining. “We had a bit of a cross wind for about 15 minutes, and I knew I could put some pressure on the front. I hammered up a small climb from Camp Alexander and managed to gap them both.”

Meanwhile the Californian Alison Tetrick set a new course record the women’s race of 11:41:40. She beat the two-time winner (and defending champion) Amanda Nauman, but was pushed all the way to the line. The latter had been more than 12 minutes back at one point but closed the gap to just five seconds at the finish.

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Dirty Kanza:

Men:

1, Mat Stephens, Dallas, TX: 10:49:08
2, Jake Wells, Avon, Co: 10:51:51
3, Menso de Jong, Santa Barbara, CA: 10:51:56

Women:

1, Alison Tetrick, Petaluma, CA: 11:41:40
2, Amanda Nauman, Laguna Hills, CA: 11:41:45
3, Janel Holcomb, Carlsbad, CA: 12:13:26

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