Are Cyclocross Riders Set To Dominate The Road World? | The Cycling Race News Show

Published on August 6th 2018


This week in the Race News Show we’re asking if cyclocross riders are set to dominate road cycling just as they did at this week’s Tour of Denmark. We also look back at the Clasica San Sebastian, the European Championships, the first two days of the Tour of Poland, the Transcontinental and the Northcape 4000. GCN Summer Sale - Enjoy Up to 50% Off: Subscribe to GCN: Register your interest in the GCN Club: Subscribe to GCN en Español: Are CX stars about to take over the world? Or at least the road world? The reason we’re asking is that they’ve just won 3 out of the 5 stages AND the overall GC at the Tour of Denmark - OK, not the biggest race in the world, but not an easy one to win. World CycloCross champion Wout Van Aert took the leader’s jersey after a hilly stage 2, which he won, and cemented that position with a solid 2nd place in the Individual Time Trial behind Mads Pedersen, and then finished off with some confident riding in the crosswinds on the final day - it was a dominant display and a victory he dedicated to his late teammate, Michael Goelaerts. The Clasica San Sebastian used to be one of the 8 one day race that made up the World Cup before the WorldTour came along - it’s not a monument, but at 230km’s and in its 38th year, it’s certainly a prestigious race to win. The main race action came on the last climb, the brutal Alto du Murgil, with pitches upwards of 20%. It served as a launchpad for Bauke Mollema - the Dutchman has competed at this race 7 times and always finished inside the top 9, taking the win last year. And he was looking good for a repeat until the man of the moment Julian Alaphilippe caught him right at the crest. The duo quickly forged a 30s lead, with the rest soon realising that they were riding for 3rd. Mollema, though, must have quickly realised he was fighting for 2nd - he was no match for Alaphilippe in the sprint, the Frenchman taking his first victory at a race that suits him down to the ground. If you enjoyed this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends. 👍 If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link - Watch more on GCN... What Is The Transcontinental? 📹 Music: Epidemic Sound Head Nod Supreme 2 - Jack Elphick Photos: © Velo Collection (TDW) / Getty Images & © Bettiniphoto /