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Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 4, 2016


In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Lizzie Armitstead extends contract with Boels-Dolmans for two years; Class over kilos: The promising return of Carlos Betancur; Hidden motors: UCI defends current testing protocol; WADA suspends the accreditation of the Bloemfontein Laboratory; Vuelta announces wildcard teams; The team tipping point theory; Dave Brailsford: ‘Leicester City triumph is just a fantastic case study in sport’; Video: The book of cross – the sandpit; Video: Wiggle High5 at the Tour of Yorkshire; Video: Introducing the Mijn BAD – Liv/Giant Offroad Team; Video: Rally Cycling’s Soladay and actor Kevin Hart give fitness tips.

Lizzie Armitstead extends contract with Boels-Dolmans for two years

by Anne-Marije Rook

After winning the world championship road race in Richmond last year, some publications falsely reported that Lizzie Armitstead intended to retire after the Rio Olympics this July. She set the record straight earlier this spring, and today’s news coming from the Boels-Dolmans team makes that even clearer.

The team announced today that the 27-year-old world champion has extended her contract with the Dutch team till the end of 2018. Dutch team manager Danny Stam did the same.

Stam and Armitstead are a dynamic duo who have worked together since Stam transitioned from being a track racer to management at the Leontien.nl team in 2012. They joined Boels-Dolmans together in 2013.

With Boels-Dolmans, Armitstead has seen her biggest successes on the road, including winning the overall World Cup series in 2014 and ’15 and the world championships road race last year. Boels-Dolmans has been an incredible force in the inaugural UCI Women’s WorldTour, winning the first five events between Armitstead and Chantal Blaak.

Click through to read more at Ella CyclingTips.

Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon and was shot at the recent snow-affected Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

  • Michael Sproul

    [sarcasm]Ah, so if old Davey boy is interested in “how” they won it must be fishy…

  • Dave Taylor

    Pretty sure Fabio Aru won the Vuelta last year, just sayin

  • Dave

    The scenario where I see the WorldTour entry criteria coming into play is if the eventual UCI-ASO settlement involves the WorldTour being cut from 18 teams to something more like 12 teams. Each year could then have six slots up for grabs, 3x three year licences for the best-ranked teams applying and 3x one year licences.

    If the WorldTour is still 18 teams next year, I expect there to have been no UCI-ASO settlement. In that case, the UCI might struggle to find 18 teams wanting to stay in the WorldTour due to it no longer offering guaranteed entry to the big ASO races. With Tinkoff and IAM likely to exit due to lack of finances, the UCI will be struggling to get 18 even without considering the impact of the big ASO races leaving.

    • Arfy

      Rubbing those crystal balls again?

  • Pete

    Betancour has braces!

    • Abdu

      Are you saying it’s HgH ? …”human growth hormone causes the jaw to grow out and that “mature adult athletes wearing braces on their teeth became stigmatum of growth hormone use” in the ’80s” http://www.tvguide.com/news/30-30-olympic-legacy-1054417/

      Carl Lewis was classic for that. It’s amazing no one questions it, because it seems very strange to have teeth grow in your late ’20s or ’30’s.

      • Pete

        Nearly everyone questioned Carl Lewis as his entire Santa Monica track team wore braces at the same time.
        I won’t mention Simon Gerrans.

  • Derek Maher

    WADA seem to be on a roll these days although they seem to have let Kenya off the hook.
    The Giro is a race I am looking forward to always plenty of action from the riders.
    Regarding World Tour team numbers I think cash will decide the numbers. Lotto Jumbo have a reduced revenue from their sponsors. The new Russian team Gazprom should have plenty of cash so they might get in.


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