Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

November 28, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Cant, van der Poel victorious in Zeven CX World Cup; Von Hoff, Garfoot win the Stan Siejka Classic; UCI rebuffs plans to reduce team sizes in big races; Lachlan Morton set to make his WorldTour return at the 2017 Tour Down Under; Peter Velits announces his retirement; UniSA-Australia to be the only wildcard team at the 2017 Tour Down Under; American Justin Oien completes Caja Rural-Seguros roster; Lizzie Williams on her battles with mental illness; A sneak-peek at Bahrain-Merida’s jersey for 2017; Michael Matthews set to appear on Slovak TV; Argy bargy in the Flandriencross.

Von Hoff, Garfoot win the Stan Siejka Classic

by CyclingTips

It’s that time of year again when the Aussie pros return home from their overseas bases and mix it up with the local pros in the late-season criteriums. In the Stan Siejka Classic in Launceston on Sunday, it was Steele von Hoff (One Pro Cycling) and Kat Garfoot (Orica-AIS) that took victory.

In the men’s race, a five-rider breakaway threatened to stay away for victory, but was caught in the closing minutes. A crash in the final corner saw Scott Sunderland (Illuminate) and Cam Ivory hit the deck, leaving former Australian criterium champion Von Hoff clear to take a comfortable win (see from 2:43:00 in this video). Avanti duo Robbie Hucker and Anthony Giacoppo took second and third.

“I did not get lucky, they got unlucky,” Von Hoff said afterwards. “It’s not the way anyone wants to win but you’ve got to be in there to win it and I was in that position.”

In the women’s race Australian time trial champion Kat Garfoot punched away from the field in the second half of the race to bridge to the two leaders Rebecca Wiasak (High5 DreamTeam) and Alex Manly (Orica-AIS). Garfoot then rode clear on her own and wasn’t seen again until the finish.

Wiasak held on for second and Manly for third.