In today’s CT Daily News Digest: End of the road for IAM Cycling; After Alaphilippe’s GC victory in California — what next, and how far can he go?; Greipel and Sieberg extend with Lotto-Soudal through 2018; Thomas extends with Team Sky; Giro rest day review; Pro cyclist talks about facing his depression; Tour of California: Riders and teams critical of long transfers; Guarnier’s California victory boosts her to UCI women’s WorldTour lead; London Boris Bike returned 18 months late; Wiggle-High5 team recaps Tour of California; Horses nearly wreak havoc at Giro; Alaphilippe shows off his skills
Daily News Digest
Riders such as Heinrich Haussler, Leigh Howard and Larry Warbasse will be searching for a new team for 2017 after IAM Cycling announced that it would not continue in the peloton beyond the end of the current season.
Questions have existed about the WorldTour team’s future in recent weeks, with some rumours talking about a possible merger with the BMC Racing Team. An announcement due to be made today has clarified the situation: the squad won’t merge with any other, but will rather throw in the towel in terms of staying in cycling.
“IAM Cycling will cease operations at the end of the 2016 season,” stated IAM Cycling founder Thétaz on Tuesday.
“This is a failure for which I take full responsibility. In these four years of intense activity, which have been marked by unforgettable memories, IAM has enhanced its credibility and received enviable visibility. We have arrived at a key moment in the team’s evolution with the prospect of entering a new three year cycle; however that proved to be an impossible undertaking for IAM Cycling since we have failed to find a co-sponsor, and consequently will be unable to continue our progress to the summit of the sport’s hierarchy.”
The team has been part of the WorldTour for the past two seasons but has not succeeded in landing many wins. Moving up to the top rank of the sport would ideally have led to a similar progression with results but this hasn’t happened.
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Today’s feature image shows the peloton racing along the California coast on stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California.