In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Alexander Kristoff and Marianne Vos crowned European road champions; Mikel Landa takes out the Vuelta a Burgos; Peta Mullens, Chris Jongewaard take Australian Cyclocross titles; James Hayden wins the fifth Transcontinental Race; Cameron Meyer rejoins Orica-Scott in three-year deal; Andrey Amador injured in training crash; Lucas Hamilton targeting Tour de l’Avenir success; Ruth Corset on retirement and her career of two halves; Worst race ever? CCB duo survives rough Tour of Qinghai Lake; Former British champion Tim Harris and his Belgian Seat of Learning.
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The Tour of Qinghai Lake is hard enough as it is. Thirteen stages, super-hard racing, punishing climbs, high altitude — this Chinese race is feared by many. But for the riders of the American Continental team CCB-Velotooler, the recent Tour of Qinghai Lake was even harder than normal.
Their luggage was misplaced on the flight over, two of the team’s seven riders missed the race due to visa issues, three of the five starting riders abandoned due to illness, and that’s not to mention the crashes and other mishaps that happened during the race. Here’s an excerpt from a VeloNews piece about a most challenging couple weeks for CCB-Velotooler:
With four lead changes on general classification within the first five days, the race was heating up — and so was Harris’s temperature. The Ledyard native found himself developing a serious bout of Chinese flu with little relief in sight.
Meanwhile, his sole remaining teammate was now nursing a severely bruised hip and a fractured wrist sustained from a mid-race crash. The situation looked dire for the troublesome twosome.
“I remember being dead last with the broom wagon on my ass with 85km to go on stage 8 or 9. I was thinking I was done,” he told VeloNews. “I just kept telling myself to hold on and make the time cut, that’s all I have to do. I started doing the math in my head, and when they told me I had 20 minutes with 15km to go I just barrelled forward.”
Follow the link to read the full article at VeloNews.