GCN Racing News Show: Cyclo-cross skills, late-season action and transfer latest
Dan Lloyd wraps up the end of the road season as the cyclo-cross season kicks off in the US
This week on GCN’s Racing News Show, Dan Lloyd brings you the latest from the dying embers of the road racing campaign, the first major encounter of the cyclo-cross campaign, plus the latest updates from the transfer market.
While Dan may be mourning the end of the road season, it’s the cyclo-cross that most caught his eye with the opening round of the 2023-2024 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup series in Waterloo, USA, where we saw some phenomenal skills on display.
World champion Fem van Empel (Jumbo-Visma) showed expert bike handling to win the elite women’s race for a second year in a row but it was the men’s winner Thibau Nys (Baloise Trek Lions) who astounded everyone by riding parts of the course no one else did. The 20-year-old Belgian, son of all-time ‘cross star Sven Nys, stayed on his bike up a super-steep banking and a separate stepped section in the woods, sealing a first elite World Cup win and a major milestone in his nascent career.
Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) had been among the frontrunners, but was derailed with an enforced shoe change in the pits, something he pulled off very smoothly but did still cost him precious time.
Away from cyclo-cross, we had the culmination of the Tour of Türkiye, where Alexey Lutsenko powered up the horrendously difficult Babadag climb as his Astana Qazaqstan team car literally – and worryingly – went backwards. Lutsenko went on to seal the overall title, as Jay Vine (UAE Team Emirates) salvaged his ‘cursed’ season with victory on the penultimate stage before Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) won the finale to take his season tally to an eye-watering 19 wins.
On this week’s show, Dan also brings you up to speed on the men’s Tour of Guangxi, the Chrono des Nations, the Giro del Veneto, Veneto Classic, and the Tour of Chongming Island.
Tune in for all this and more on this week’s instalment of the GCN Racing News Show, which you can watch in the video above.
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