Impey wins Tour Down Under; Giro d’Italia picks wildcards: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

January 22, 2018

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Impey wins Santos Tour Down Under, Greipel claims final stage; Van der Poel, Compton win Cyclocross World Cup in Nommay; Citing fever, Nibali withdraws from Vuelta a San Juan; Government of South Australia guarantees equal prize money at TDU; Dimension Data boss: No room for Teklehaimanot, but he’ll have new team soon; RCS Sport announces wildcards for Giro d’Italia plus other WorldTour events; Israel Cycling Academy celebrating Giro wildcard invitation; Bardiani-CSF secures second chance at Giro; Video: Katusha-Alpecin works on dialing in Marcel Kittel’s leadout train; Video: Molly Weaver on surviving catastrophic 2017 training incident; Video: Fan-made 2018 WorldTour season trailer.

Van der Poel, Compton win Cyclocross World Cup in Nommay

by Neal Rogers

European champion Mathieu Van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) and US national champion Katie Compton (KFC Racing-Trek-Panache) emerged victorious at a muddy eighth round of the Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Nommay, France, Sunday.

Van der Poel finished 33 seconds ahead of world champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles) over nine laps to win his sixth World Cup event of the season, while Compton finished 55 seconds ahead of compatriot Kaitie Keough ( over five laps to win her first World Cup event of the 2017-18 series.

With the win, Van der Poel locked up the World Cup series title for the first time in his young career, and he remains the heavy favorite for the world championship in two weeks, held in Valkenburg, Netherlands. “This was a classification that I have not won yet and it is still the most prestigious one, but the most important race is coming, that is something I am looking forward to,” Van der Poel said.

Compton led from start to finish, soloing to victory one week after winning a 14th consecutive national title in Reno, Nevada. World champion Sanne Cant was off to a good start, but suffered chain issues on the first lap and fell back to the 19th place; she eventually finished 12th, her World Cup series title secure. “I would have picked up series points with a good race, but the classification is won,” Cant told Sporza. “It started with a stuck chain on the first lap, but the first half lap was already bad, it was just a bad day. On a good day I could have maybe ridden to third place.”