Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 13, 2016

In Saturday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Neben doubles wins at Route de France; van Poppel wins tough sprint in Norway; Sam Oomen takes first pro win at Tour de l’Ain; Modolo wins sprint in Czech Tour; Hanselmann soloes to win at Ladies Tour of Norway; Losing gold: Annemiek van Vleuten’s first TV interview since Olympics crash; WorldTour roadie showdown slated for Leadville 100 MTB Race; Degenkolb anticipating improvement as he and de Kort sign for Trek-Segafredo; LottoNL-Jumbo extends van Emden, signs Tolhoek; Bahrain Merida signs Visconti, Boaro; Team GB track teams come out swinging; UCI responds to threat over TTT world championship boycott; Meares ready for grueling Olympic track schedule; Study determines amount of bacteria in your bidons; Injured cyclist told by medics to find own way home; Power poles left in middle of bike lane; Ryan Seacrest brings Kristin Armstrong a birthday cake

WorldTour roadie showdown slated for Leadville 100 MTB Race

by Michael Better

This weekend, a handful of pro roadies are swapping the sound of smooth rubber on freshly laid tarmac for the heavy metal of Rocky Mountain singletrack.

A WorldTour showdown, past and present, is set for the Leadville Trail 100 mountain-bike race on Saturday. Among them are Joe Dombrowski and Alex Howes (Cannondale-Drapac), Laurens Ten Dam (Giant-Alpecin), recent Tour of Utah winner Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly-Maxxis), Jon Hornbeck (Holowesko-Citadel), and retired WorldTour pros Timmy Duggan, Craig Lewis, and Ted King.

Dombrowski, Ten Dam, King and Duggan are racing as part of a special World Bicycle Relief team for Leadville.

Here is an excerpt from the feature:

Expectations range from thoughts of winning to just hoping to avoid embarrassment.

“I’d like to go and try and win Leadville, but obviously it’s a mountain-bike race and I’m not a mountain-bike racer, so it’s hard to say exactly,” said Dombrowski, who raced the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah last week, helping Andrew Talansky to third overall. “It is a bit of an unknown. I guess I would like to be at the front of the race and try to win the race, but I realize anything can really happen.”

Duggan, the former national road champion and 2012 Olympic team member who retired after the 2013 season, has a different level of ambition. “Goal one would be to not embarrass myself,” he laughed. “I really have no goals or expectations, I just to go out there and do my best and have fun. I have no idea what to expect. I don’t know if I could be on the podium or if there’s going to be 500 guys who are going to smoke me. We’ll go out there and find out.”

Ten Dam, the Dutch rider based in Santa Cruz, California, this year, is taking an easygoing attitude towards the race, making it a family affair.

“To be honest, I don’t expect too much from myself,” Ten Dam said. “It’s going to be my first mountain-bike race ever.”

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