Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 22, 2016

Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Stars-and-stripes saga: The backstory behind Greg Daniel’s missing national champion’s jersey; Dimension Data long-list for Tour de France; IAM Cycling for Tour de France; Bora-Argon 18 Tour de France roster; Matt Brammeier on his work beyond racing; Cavendish talks nutrition; USA Cycling Pro Road Tour standings update; Shane Kelly backs Shane Perkins for Rio; Eight-year-old conquers Col du Tourmalet; Vos not concerned with Rio problems; Aviva Women’s Tour stage 5 highlights; POV inside the Lotto-Soudal team bus; Copenhagen video bid for the Grand Depart

Stars-and-stripes saga: The backstory behind Greg Daniel’s missing national champion’s jersey

by Michael Better

Over Memorial Day weekend, 21-year-old Greg Daniel shocked the favorites with an emphatic victory at the U.S. national road championship. Almost a month later, he’s still without a team-issue stars-and-stripes jersey. Why?

The answer is a convoluted story of jersey-design rules and interpretations, between his Axeon-Hagens Berman team, USA Cycling, and the UCI.

Daniel had looked forward to donning a team-issued stars-and-stripes jersey at the Tour de Beauce, his first race since winning the national title. But when he clipped in to begin Stage 1 on Wednesday, he was wearing the same jersey he received on the podium in Winston-Salem, with a sponsor decal on the front. It was, as they say, “not very pro.”

Fortunately for Daniel, he traded in his generic stars-and-stripes jersey for the yellow leader’s jersey at Beauce, which he donned after the second stage and wore through the final podium presentation.

Why wasn’t the U.S. national champion wearing a team-issue jersey in a UCI stage race, two weeks after winning his title? Because the team’s proposed design did not pass USA Cycling’s regulations.

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Today’s feature image comes from the third stage of the Ster ZLM Toer.