It was a rest day in San Juan so we’re racing around to catch up on Race Torquay, Challenge Mallorca, and Colombian #BatChamps
It was hotter than a hot thing from Hot Town for the Race Torquay with temperatures in the high 30s on the road. We don’t have final KMs of the actual races, per se, but Mitchelton Scott have produced a film to capture the atmosphere. There were peloton picnics and some lovely scenery all set to Daydream Believer … what’s not to like?
But who won?
The women’s event was won by Brodie Chapman from FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope (I wonder if teams get extra money for the more letters we have to use in the write ups?). Putting the hammer down from a four-rider break with 2km to go, she soloed to the win with Emily Herfoss (Roxsolt-Attaquer) and Trek-Segafredo’s Taylor Wiles coming in second and third respectively. Full race results are hereEmbed from Getty Images
Meanwhile, later that afternoon, the men took to the road, and it was Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Sam Bennett who got the best of Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling) and Alberto Dainese (Team Sunweb) in a sweaty sprint finish. Full race results are hereEmbed from Getty Images
We have the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race coming up this weekend, with the women’s race (called the Cadel Evans Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race) on Saturday, which kicks off the Women’s World Tour this year. The peloton will be brimming with champions, including the returning champion Arlenis Sierra (Astana), FJD’s Torquay winner Brodie Chapman, Trek’s TDU winner Ruth Winder, and Mitchelton Scott’s Amanda Spratt. Should be a rip-roarer.
The men’s sprintfest is on Sunday and last year’s winner, Elia Viviani, will be there – hopefully fully healed from his crash in the TDU – as will Caleb Ewan. Then it’s the final Down Under race with the Herald Sun Tour (Wed-Sun) before the teams head back to the Northern Hemisphere.
And speaking of Caleb Ewan, if you have some cash lying around and fancy some of his kit, get bidding, all in aid of WWF Australia.
Challenge Mallorca, Stage 1
I know it’s only a tiny bit into the 2020 season but Trek-Segafredo seem to have come out of the blocks with a new attitude and some winning ways – perhaps the whole team is feeling the magic of the rainbow stripes! For me, they’re one of the teams to watch this season. The first race of Challenge Mallorca was taken by Trek’s Matteo Moschetti in a sprint finish with Bora’s Pascal Ackermann and Caja Rural’s Jon Aberasturi. Full race results are here
But that was not the greatest thing that Moschetti did that day! One of the things that makes cycling so special is the informality and the access to the riders. And the riders are so generous with their time and attention, especially with tiny fans. I quite simply cannot love this tweet enough. I’m now a fan forever.
Colombian National Champions
EF were able to get their gif on for Dani Martinez, who retained his Colombian TT title. Tour de France champion Egan Bernal and Arkea’s new signing, Nairo Quintana, completed the podium. Full race results here
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