The Giro d’Italia is well underway, but there’s still a full slate of classics to enjoy – sometimes both at the same time!
There’s so much going on, we don’t blame you for missing some of it. Joe Hudson rounds up the latest news coming out of the domestic cycling scene so you can keep up to date…
Pidcock proves unstoppable…
Fresh off his masterful victory at the Baby Giro, Trinity Racing’s Tom Pidcock has yet to take a break as he recently secured not one, but two victories on the world stage.
The first, came at the Under-23 Mountain Bike World Cup in Nové Mesto in the Czech Republic as he beat the field by 27 seconds to take his first win in his first start! A day later, he doubled his win tally – and his advantage – to taste victory in the second World Cup event by more than a minute.
The best was yet to come, though, as he battled through the mud at the Leogang Mountain Bike World Championships to become the Elite E-MTB World Champion – adding yet more rainbow stripes to an overflowing collection – having chased down and passed France’s Jerome Gilloux on the last lap.
Ben Healy crowned Irish Elite Road Race Champion
A few weeks after tasting stage victory in the Ronde de l’Isard, Trinity Racing’s Ben Healy added more success to his palmares following triumphs in both the Irish Under-23 Individual Time Trial and the Elite Road Race.
In the time trial, the 20-year-old finished more than half-a-minute clear of Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling’s Kevin McCambridge but he was at his most dominant in the Road Race.
After an initial breakaway with Darnell Moore (Vitus Pro Cycling p/g Brother UK), Healy never dropped the pace and carried on solo when both Moore – and the chasers behind – started to wilt. On the final lap, Team Sunweb’s Nicholas Roche attempted to bridge the gap but couldn’t severely dent Healy’s advantage – the latter winning by 2m35sec.
Find out more about Ireland’s next big thing by listening to the latest edition of The British Continental’s podcast, which features an interview with Healy.
Deignan wins second monument after Liege-Bastogne-Liege triumph
Trek-Segafredo’s Lizzie Deignan won her first monument in four years after a solo break with 24km to go was enough to hold on for victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
Going off the front late on, Deignan opened up a gap of a minute, before her advantage was slowly eroded by Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott). The Australian, though, couldn’t the final push as the Brit held on to win by ten seconds.
Victory, going alongside her 2020 triumphs at La Course and the GP de Plouay, adds a second monument to her tally after pipping Emma Johansson to the 2016 Ronde Van Vlaanderen title.
A touch further down the order at Liège-Bastogne-Liège was Hannah Barnes, who secured a noteworthy – and hard-fought – sixth for Canyon SRAM.
Ben Tulett becomes youngest Liège-Bastogne-Liège finisher since 1909
First-year under-23 Ben Tulett (Alpecin-Fenix) became the youngest rider to complete Liège-Bastogne-Liège since 1909 with a fine 53rd place. The result continued a fine debut season in the professional ranks. Tulett also finished 35th in the recent La Flèche Wallone and 5th overall in the Tour of Antalya – his first-ever race as a pro – back in February.
McLay takes brace of stage wins in Portugal
Daniel McLay took two wins and a second on the Volta a Portugal as he enjoyed a successful trip to the Iberian peninsula with his Arkéa-Samsic squad.
After finishing runner-up to a solo breakaway on stage three, he came out best in two bunch sprints on stages six and seven to notch up his first wins of a disrupted 2020 season.
His triumphs powered him to second in the Points competition, finishing second to Portugal’s Luis Gomes.
McLay’s good news continued when he announced he’d signed a two-year contract extension.
Cyclocross success goes the way of Barnes
Reigning Under-23 champion Toby Barnes carried on where he left off as won the first round of the National Cyclocross Trophy at Westmorland in Cumbria.
Run as a test event in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions, the Cero-Cycle Division Racing Team rider won by half-a-dozen seconds from a hard-fighting Ian Field and Dan Barnes – the former edging the race for the runner-up spot on the line.
Toby’s success comes just days after he gave The British Continental the low-down on the world of Cyclocross. Read the first part of a series of features on the sport here.
The Beaumont Trophy and Curlew Cup back for 2021
The Cyclone Festival of Cycling will return in 2021, taking place on the 2nd to the 4th July. Once again, the festival will combine six public rides with two elite road races. Both the elite women’s race, the Curlew Cup, and the men’s race, the Beaumont Trophy, will run on 4th July. Tantalising, the website describes the latter as an ‘international men’s race
Tour Series set to return
In more race calendar news, the Tour Series looks set to return, with news that Dumfries and Galloway will host a round of the long-running circuit series in May. More here.
Becky Durell re-signs with CAMS-Tifosi
With the transfer season continuing at pace, news of moves, retirements and re-signings have been coming thick and fast. One of the most recent bits of transfer news is that reigning National Criterium Champion Becky Durrell has signed a new contract with CAMS-Tifosi.
She said: “I’m very pleased to be staying with the CAMS-Tifosi team next season. We had an exciting year planned in 2020, so we are all excited to give it another go next year once the world is hopefully back to some relative normality!
“Next year for me will be very different; I’ll become a mother and will welcome my baby into the world in March. It’s something I felt ready for and can’t wait for the wonderful new adventure.
“I’ve still got a love for cycling and still want to be involved with the sport. To stay with the team next year is the best of both worlds and I hope to be back racing in the later season. A big thanks to the team and sponsors for supporting me over the next year and for embracing motherhood in sport!”
Congratulations to her on her impending new addition!
More transfer news
Elsewhere in the transfer market, James Shaw has announced he’s still searching for a 2021 contract, talent junior Tom Day – winner of the Boucles de l’Oise Juniors race this year – will join the SEG Racing Academy next season, former journal writer Joe Evans has re-signed with Saint Piran, and another British Continental alumnus Adam Lewis will move from BEAT Cycling Club to french elite team Côtes d’Armor-Marie Morin-Véranda Rideau.
Featured photo: Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com. 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz – Leogang Salzburgerland, Austria – Tom Pidcock of Great Britain on his way to winning the Mens E-MTB Cross-country race.