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Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

September 13, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Quintana extends until end of 2019 as Movistar sponsorship continues; Colorado-bound: Greg Henderson signs with UnitedHealthcare; Bauer to Etixx-QuickStep; Cookson says recent doping positives show system is working; Nicholas Roche ready for fall racing; Cummings pays tribute to Cavendish after Tour of Britain title; Schneiders dominate USA Cycling Pro Road Tour; Tom Zirbel Takes Aim at American Hour Record; Rachel Atherton’s winning run in Val di Sole Trentino; Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta race highlights; On-board highlights – Vuelta a España, stages 20 & 21; CX world champs experience American-style CX.

Quintana extends until end of 2019 as Movistar sponsorship continues

by CyclingTips

One day after winning his second career Grand Tour, Nairo Quintana has committed his future to his Movistar team and will continue to race there for at least three more seasons. The Spanish squad announced the news at the Telefónica headquarters in Madrid, and also said that the Movistar brand owner had indicated a similar extension in terms of its backing of the team.

General manager Eusebiou Unzué thanked the company for its commitment, which will bring his team project to 40 years of continued existence by the end of 2019. The contract extension has enabled him to secure the new deal with Quintana and also to keep Alejandro Valverde on board. The details of the latter’s extension will be made public in the coming days.

“At Telefónica, you were brave when you took that gamble for cycling in such a difficult moment, and we can’t thank you enough for that,” he told the company. “It makes us happy to put a smile on the face of so many people.

“We’ve got a strong team in Alejandro, Nairo and all their team-mates, and now that both are set to continue, our goal for this new, three-year term is leading cycling as we did for the past six season. We now start working on building a good future for the squad and bringing Telefónica more reasons to remain confident about what we can do.”

The team has notched up 182 victories and more than 1,700,000 collective kilometres since the backing began in 2011.

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Today’s feature image comes from the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec.

  • Berne Shaw

    There are two issues really. Many many of the current peloton say that micro-doping is prevalent if not widespread. They themselves say that the expertise to do it is now available and that the rules that make night time testing still favor doing this. So in this very important aspect nothing has changed. Not to pick on just one racer but the case of Valverde is one that makes for concerns for possible microdoping and for the second issue of fraudulent gains that research says occurs for prior doping even after cessation of doping.

    Valverde at his age has successfully raced at peak or near peak form for two seasons from doing many of the classics thru three tours. This is impossible without doping or effects from doping. Just review the clean riders who are much younger bigger talents but do NOT race at peak form for more than a tour or even part of a tour, let alone the entire season. We know it is physically impossible without doping to be at peak form that long, that is partially why it is called peak form.

    My question is why cannot this be faced head one with openness and honesty. Valverde is not the only rider who may be doping or gaining succor from past doping.

    • Anto, NZ

      “Many many of the current peloton say that micro-doping is prevalent if not widespread”
      Is that your impression, or have you read articles or heard quotes from riders on the record? Otherwise that’s hearsay stated as if it was a fact.
      Your example of Valverde raises concerns, yes, and we always need to have a skeptical mind, but to say he is definitely mirco-doping and that it is widespread in the peloton is a bit of a leap.

      • jules

        I want to believe pro cycling is clean, so like most fans I’m biased, but if it weren’t for that bias I suspect most of us would be pretty scathing.

        It’s like arguing “You can’t assume the Bandidos are all criminals. They just like riding motorbikes with their mates.”

        the thing is, outlaw MC gangs are criminal gangs. there are better clubs to join if you just want to ride bikes. you join an outlaw MC gang for reasons associated with criminality.

        pro cycling is similar. you don’t need to dope to ride a bicycle. but if you want to ride at the top level and carry your form for long periods – either through the season or just into the 3rd week of a GT – you’re going to be better at it if you dope. and it’s the better riders who get selected.

        in this way, pro cycling self-selects dopers. it always has. arguing it from the perspective “we shouldn’t cast aspersions on riders – we don’t have proof” is the wrong perspective. the fact is, the sport self-selects dopers. it doesn’t mean they’re all doping – I’m not arguing that. but taking a stance of “innocent until proven guilty” is unrealistic and unjustified in the pro cycling environment.

        sorry there’s no Santa Claus.

        • krashdavage

          I like this post.

          • Sean

            I don’t, he ruined Santa for me.

    • Nick Clark

      ‘We know’ that such and such is impossible… Do you have any evidence for that? I’m not arguing the point and I have my own doubts about Valverde and others, but you’ve made a lot of statements of fact without anything to back them up…

      • Crompensation

        Why Vaverde he finished like 15th unlike everyone else that just lost time to go for stages.

    • krashdavage

      Fraudulent gains aka “marginal gains”?

    • Phillip Mercer

      I would suggest your statement about Valverde is libelous unless you actually have evidence in which case I suggest you approach WADA or Spanish anti-doping with it. Otherwise, you’re just making unhelpful noise. I don’t believe everyone is clean, I have my suspicions but I don’t throw them around irresponsibly.

    • Bex

      I dont think he’s doping these days, i think he’s still getting the effects (strength and recovery) of what he was on back in the day.

      • Are there studies or articles about the lingering effects of past doping/steroid use? I heard a lot of that sort of talk when Zakarin was doing so well early this season, but I don’t think I’ve seen anything scientific about the issue.


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