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Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

February 16, 2016

Photography by Cor Vos

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In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Contador ‘more and more likely’ to continue in 2017 if he can set up his own team; Tour of Oman’s future depends on success of 2016 edition; Extreme Weather Protocol a success at Clasica de Almeria, but needs improvement; Riders’ association president Gianni Bugno says peloton wants heavy punishments for mechanical doping; Russia’s former anti-doping chief Nikita Kamaev dies; Giant USA to sell direct to consumers online by August; Helmet-free cycling to be considered under new ACT road safety plan; Troy Clarke’s inspiring story; Drone footage from Orica-GreenEdge’s South African training camp.

Contador ‘more and more likely’ to continue in 2017 if he can set up his own team

by Shane Stokes

He previously said that 2016 might well be his final season in the pro peloton, but Alberto Contador has now said that it is ‘more and more likely’ that he will continue as a professional after the end of this year.

Speaking to the Spanish publication AS, Contador said that he would continue racing if he is successful in setting up his own team, and if it is of a sufficiently high level.

“The possibility of the project going forward is now 50 percent,” he said, saying that the intended setup would be of the “top level to compete in the Tour de France.”

That in turn floats the possibility that he wants to ride the Tour in 2017, giving himself two more shots to win it again.

He is in contact with several sponsors and is aiming for a budget of 15 million euro per year. Contador is due to begin his season on Wednesday in the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal.

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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and shows riders conferring on stage 5 of the 2015 Tour of Oman. The stage would soon be cancelled as a result of the extreme heat.

  • Peter

    Great footage over South Africa.

    • Laurens

      Yeah. Imagine Giant-Alpecin had a drone flying over them when they had that crash. Not saying I’d want to see it (actually kind of glad there is no footage of it), but the thought just crossed my mind.

  • dcaspira

    Troy’s interview, the most honest message I’ve come across in cycling for a while. A must watch. Thanks Troy & co.

    • Neil_Robinson

      the “i can’t have this as the reason i’m happy” comment cuts straight to the heart of that athlete mindset and the problems of dedicating your life to a single goal.

      • Brendalmatos2

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  • Arfy

    It’s great to see the ACT Road Safety Minister challenging the norm and looking at policies based on real research and lifestyle. I hope they also look at the practicalities of introducing helmets as an option as it’s no good having small areas for helmet-free riding if you need to ride through compulsory helmet areas to get there. This may involve new infrastructure, or even allowing riding on the footpaths.

    • velocite

      I believe that the mandatory helmet rule was originally introduced on the basis of recommendations from the medical profession, without significant analysis or evidence that it was a step forward. A case of doctors and politicians imagining that they were doing the right thing by imposing a restriction on a group with no voice.

      • geoff.tewierik

        Add in a big dose of manufacturers with a product to sell.

  • Keir

    I’ll be honest, I would always wear a helmet on my road rides here in Country Victoria but would like to be able to roll down the shops with a cap on in Summer or a beanie in Winter. I was always pro mandatory helmet laws until I decided to look into it a bit further. There are a lot of variables to look at when trying to decide whether we would be safer without them such as the standard of the roads being used, driver education levels amongst others. There may be more but the only two examples I could find where the law had been removed was Mexico and Israel. In both instances the rate of head injury didn’t increase but the increase in the uptake of cycling was substantial especially in the commuter sector. Maybe the increase in cyclists made motorists take more care.

    • Craig

      Amazing that inNSW there making it tougher with licensing etc, yet ACT are making it more enjoyable.

      On another note I’m old enough to remember riding without a helmet and how wonderful it was, then as they laws coming in , Mum pestering us to wear those old esky lids we were wore then – though I know no it’s probably safer I still would love to ride to the shops or look at the surf without one

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