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by Shane Stokes
May 2, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins third Eschborn-Frankfurt; Alarcón takes double success in Vuelta Asturias; Williams, Ryan win Dana Point GP events in California; Bouhanni recovering from ‘big concussion’; Incredulity about new Giro d’Italia competition; Six-week suspension for Moscon over racist abuse; Quintana’s backup named for Giro d’Italia; Orica-Scott takes on ‘tricky mix’ with team goals for Giro d’Italia; Kruijswijk targeting podium or better Giro d’Italia; Geoghegan Hart pays tribute to former teammate Young; UCI suspends Continental Team Elkov-Author Cycling; Tracey Gaudry appointed CEO of the Hawthorn Football Club; Simon Jones speaks about new Cycling Australia role as High Performance Unit Director; Stars of the future?
The Cyclance team took a rare 1-2-3 in the Dana Point Grand Prix in California on Sunday, with Justin Williams, Scott Law and Karl Menzies topping the podium at the end of the men’s event.
“The race had a tailwind home straight so it made it for a very fast race, which nullified all of the breakaways and played into our hands since we were hoping for a bunch sprint,” explained director Hilton Clarke. “Looking back at Tour of the Gila, we did a perfect lead-out in the criterium stage but we didn’t end up with a result there, but none of the guys had their heads down because we all knew we had our lead-out dialed. Coming into Dana Point we had our two sprinters join us and we put that same lead-out to work, coming away with sweeping the podium, so we’re really happy.”
The women’s race went to Kendall Ryan (Team TIBCO – Silicon Valley Bank), who was quickest in the bunch gallop. She beat Elizabeth Williams (Hagens Berman Supermint) and Mandy Heintz (UCI WPT/Visit Dallas DNA) to the line.
“Maddie [Park] and Nicolle [Bruderer] did a great job keeping the race together for the team,” she said afterwards. “Lauren [Stephens] took me into the final corner and I just popped out around her. I really could not have done this without my teammates, they made the race easy for me.”
Both races are part of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour. It showcases the premier domestic road calendar events in the U.S., including criteriums, road races, stage races and omniums.