World champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) was also the number-one ranked rider of the 2016 UCI World Tour. Photo Cor Vos

Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

October 20, 2016

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In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Season’s top road cyclists rewarded at UCI Cycling Gala in Abu Dhabi; Top riders share objectives for final race of season at Abu Dhabi pre-race press conference; Tour director Christian Prudhomme praises voluntary teams group MPCC during 2017 route presentation; Marco Mathis, U23 world road champion, signs with Katusha-Alpecin; Spanish sprinter Carlos Barbero signs two-year deal with Movistar; Rally Cycling signs Canadian Matteo Dal-Cin for 2017; Cyclist shot trying to stop holdup in downtown Philadelphia; Video: An inspired Contador sings from his bike in Abu Dhabi; Video: Highlights from the 2016 Tour de France.

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Season’s top road cyclists rewarded at UCI Cycling Gala in Abu Dhabi

by CyclingTips

The second UCI Cycling Gala, held Tuesday in Abu Dhabi, celebrated the top achievements in pro road cycling during the 2016. Newly crowned world road champions Amalie Dideriksen and Peter Sagan were among 24 award winners that included standout riders, teams, and nations from the UCI WorldTour, the UCI Women’s WorldTour, the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, and the world road championships.

Organized by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and United Arab Emirates Cycling Federation, in collaboration with Giro d’Italia owners RCS Sport, the UCI Cycling Gala returned to the capital of the United Arab Emirates, held two days before the October 20-23 Abu Dhabi Tour, which is slated to become part of the WorldTour in 2017.

As it was last year, Peter Sagan was the star of the show; the Slovakian rider one-upped last year’s leather-jacket, rock-star attire with a blazer, fedora, and cane, accepting awards as the overall winner of the UCI WorldTour Individual Classification as well as the men’s elite UCI road world champion.

List of Awards
• Winner of the UCI WorldTour Individual Classification: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)
• Second in the UCI WorldTour Individual Classification: Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
• Third in the UCI WorldTour Individual Classification: Chris Froome (Team Sky)
• Winner of the UCI WorldTour Team Classification: Movistar
• Winner of the UCI WorldTour Nation’s Classification: Spain
• Winner of the UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Classification: Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans)
• Second in the UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Classification: Leah Kirchmann (Liv- Plantur)
• Third in the UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Classification: Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans)
• Winner of the UCI Women’s WorldTour Team Classification: Boels Dolmans
• Winner of the UCI Women’s WorldTour Young Rider Classification: Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo Liv)
• Men’s Elite UCI Road Race World Champion: Peter Sagan (Slovakia)
• Women’s Elite UCI Road Race World Champion: Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark)
• Men’s Elite UCI Individual Time Trial World Champion: Tony Martin (Germany)
• Women’s Elite UCI Individual Time Trial World Champion: Amber Neben (USA)
• Men’s Elite UCI Team Time Trial World Champions: Etixx-Quick Step
• Women’s Elite UCI Team Time Trial World Champions: Boels Dolmans
• Rio 2016 Olympic Champion in the Men’s Road Race: Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)
• Rio 2016 Olympic Champion in the Women’s Road Race: Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands)
• Rio 2016 Olympic Champion in the Men’s Time Trial: Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)
• Rio 2016 Olympic Champion in the Women’s Time Trial: Kristin Armstrong (USA)

Today’s feature image comes from the 2016 UCI Cycling Gala in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Cor Vos.

  • Andy Logan

    Riders are Abu Dhabi are hardly going to say they are unmotivated, would imagine the likes of Contador will just soft pedal at the back of the bunch all race.

    • Crompensation

      There is 1 climb

    • Dave

      The GC was won by Esteban Chaves in the first edition last year.

  • RayG

    Is that a white cane Peter Sagan is holding in the second photo? Because that outfit makes me think he’s blind.

    • winkybiker

      What? No. He looks great!

  • Crompensation

    Wiggin pulled out. He couldn’t get a TUE for sand allergies

    • Dirk Demol

      But least we know the whereabouts of Lizzie.

  • jules

    no young men’s rider classification?

    • geoff.tewierik

      Saw that was missing too, bit weird.

    • Dave

      Not as part of the WorldTour, the U23 Nations Cup is a separate deal.

      They do have the U23 TT and RR world championship races which the women don’t have, not even as a secondary classification in the women’s elite race.

  • velocite

    I think it was impressive that Prudhomme plugged the MPCC. The UCI, by contrast, seem to fail on the leadership thing, certainly in terms of what gets public exposure. The UCI response to the TUE thing has looked quite passive, as in yes, it does need looking at, and we’ve asked WADA but they said no.

    • jules

      in fairness to the UCI, the most relevant powers to address TUEs are under the WADA code. an option is to introduce additional/separate UCI powers, but it gets messy and convoluted. WADA should fix it

      • velocite

        After three years of Brian Cookson the view from my peanut gallery is that his approach is bureaucratic and proper, which was a good thing in the wake of McQuaid, but he seems to me to be struggling to positively lead the way. The UCI’s efforts to reshape the tour have been something of a failure, looking like a spreadsheet exercise rather than the diplomacy that was required. Then there is the disc brake introduction, not even a good spreadsheet exercise. And on the TUE thing, I know that WADA makes the rules, but the UCI could surely make a difference – by publishing them, or by publicly jumping up and down on WADA’s doorstep.

        • Dirk Demol

          I felt the same. Have changed my view slightly after reading the Interview Ian Cleverly did with Cookson in Rouleur #64.

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