Howard to Australian Cycling Academy, Axeon gets upgrade: Daily News Digest

Howard to race with new Australian Cycling Academy team; Axeon Hagens Berman celebrating upgrade to Pro Continental level; World champion Barbieri joins Wiggle High5; Clif Bar retains title sponsorship as CrossVegas becomes RenoCross; Brothers jailed following extensive theft from Chain Reaction Cycles; Brian Holm’s words of wisdom; Video: Canadian team pursuit chance lost in high-speed crash; Video: Rigoberto Uran wins Colombian Sports Star of the Year award.

Howard to race with new Australian Cycling Academy team

Having recently left the Aqua Blue Sport team a year earlier than the end of his two-year contract, Leigh Howard has now signed with the new Australian Cycling Academy team. According to SBS, the 28-year-old rider will be part of the Continental-licenced team in 2018, giving him a more flexible programme and thus the opportunity …

Axeon Hagens Berman celebrating upgrade to Pro Continental level

Long regarded as one of the best teams for developing emerging talent, the Axeon Hagens Berman is set to step up a level in 2018 after the UCI confirmed that it has been granted a Pro Continental team licence. The squad had previously been racing at the Continental level, but will improve on that from …

World champion Barbieri joins Wiggle High5

The scratch race world champion Rachele Barbieri has signed with Wiggle High5 for 2018, bringing her sprinting abilities to the squad. “Wiggle High5 is always looking for young athletes with potential to develop, so we’re delighted to have signed the young track world champion,” said team founder, owner and manager Rochelle Gilmore. “Rachele has been …

Clif Bar retains title sponsorship as CrossVegas becomes RenoCross

Following the move of CrossVegas from Vegas to Reno, and a related name change to RenoCross, Clif Bar has announced that it will remain the title sponsor of the event. The 2018 race will take place on September 19 of next year, taking place after the second full day of the Interbike show at Rancho …

Brothers jailed following extensive theft from Chain Reaction Cycles

Northern Ireland-based Chain Reaction Cycles employees tracked down two brothers involved in the theft and resale of bike equipment, using information gathered to secure convictions. According to BikeBiz, executives at the company had discovered large quantities of stock were missing, then noticed that Carrickfergus-based eBay resellers had the same stock for sale. They purchased some …

Brian Holm’s words of wisdom…

…Or is he too strict? How many times do I have to tell you young lazy people that fxcking 9 o'clock is 9 o'clock and it will never be 09.01, Eddy Merckx said that weather dosen't exist for a good cyclist, only ballet dancers wears long bib's, you only need food and a bottle if …

Video: Canadian team pursuit chance lost in high-speed crash

A crash in the final kilometre cost Canada’s team pursuit squad a possible gold medal on home soil at the track World Cup in Ontario. It had the consolation of a new national record from the qualifiers but, in losing out to New Zealand, the quartet will rue what might have been. ???????? Crash for …

Video: Rigoberto Uran wins Colombian Sports Star of the Year award

Finishing second in the Tour de France equalled Nairo Quintana’s previous exploits in the race, and ensured that Rigoberto Uran took Colombia’s big sporting award.