I’ve been dragging my heels over writing this, most probably because I’m still in denial about the end of the season. But with the Saitama Criterium done and dusted, I have to face up to reality. Our #youngdudes Lennard Hofstede (Sunweb), Owain Doull (Sky), and Trek Segafredo’s Ruben Guerreiro had a busy end to their successful first seasons as pros before heading off for well-earned breaks. So let’s look at their final few races of a packed debut season where they all distinguished themselves. Continue reading
Our #youngdudes Lennard Hofstede (Sunweb), Owain Doull (Sky), and Trek Segafredo’s Ruben Guerreiro have been busy, busy, busy racing all over this summer. One of them even took part in his first ever Grand Tour, the Vuelta a Espana! We last caught up with the guys in late June so we have lots of ground to cover. Continue reading
After yesterday’s blockbuster, today’s circuit races round Madrid were bound to be more mundane except, of course, for the victors. Belgian champion Jolien D’Hoore once again won the bunch sprint at the Madrid Challenge, the final race of the Women’s WorldTour, beating the in-form Coryn Rivera to the line, with Roxane Fournier rounding out the podium. A fitting finale saw Matteo Trentin take his fourth sprint victory, ahead of Lorenzo Manzin and Soren Kragh Andersen, after his team bossed the final kilometres of the Madrid circuit bringing the curtain down on a highly successful Vuelta 2017 for the team. Race leader since stage three, Chris Froome finished safely in the bunch to become the first British rider to win the Vuelta and the first ever to achieve the Tour-Vuelta double. Vincenzo Nibali and Ilnur Zakarin completed the podium.