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Wellens takes Guangxi lead; Van der Poel solos in Koksijde: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

October 23, 2017

Wellens wins Tour of Guangxi queen stage, takes overall lead; Canola makes history with back-to-back wins at Japan Cup races; Van der Poel solos to victory at Koksijde World Cup; Kaptheijns dominates women’s field at Koksijde to take first World Cup win; Wells and Welsford win Mitchelton Tour of Gippsland; Moped drove over Bakelants’ legs after 11 fractured bones at Lombardia; Tour de L’Ardeche winner Lucy Kennedy signs with Orica-Scott; Video: Tacks sprinkled across race course at Tour of Guangxi.

Wells and Welsford win Mitchelton Tour of Gippsland

by Shane Stokes

Kimberly Wells (Holden Women’s Racing) and team pursuit world champion Sam Welsford (Australian Men’s Track Endurance) took the overall in the Mitchelton Tour of Gippsland, proving best in the four-day event.

Stages 1 and 2 in the women’s races went to Rebecca Wiasak and Chloe Moran (both High5 Dream Team), but Wells seized the overall lead on Saturday when she beat Emily Roper (High5 Dream Team) and Georgia Baker (TIS Racing Team) in Bairnsdale.

She then finished sixth on Sunday in Traralgon, with Ruby Roseman Gannon first ahead of Wells’ teammate Sara Gigante and Anya Louw (TIS Racing Team). Wells finished three points ahead of Wiasak and five up on Nicola Macdonald.

Welsford won stages 1 and 2 and then took third on Saturday. Tom Robinson (NSWIS) was quickest ahead of Jesse Coyle (Mobius Future Racing) and Welsford, who kept the lead. He then sealed his overall win with fifth on Sunday. Sascha Bondarenko-Edwards (InForm Tineli) took the stage victory ahead of Michael Freiberg (IsoWhey Sport SwissWellness) and Harrison Bailey (GPM Stulz). Welsford’s consistency saw him end the four-day event with 38 points, five ahead of Freiberg and 11 better than Bondarenko-Edwards.

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