ASO’s nuclear option on Froome, #Crossiscoming, Rivera wins at Thüringen: Daily News Digest

The Secret Pro weighs in on Chris Froome and the Giro d’Italia and defends the Briton. Plus ASO flexes its muscles on Froome's participation at the Tour and some of big news in the world of cyclocross.

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The Secret Pro weighs in on Chris Froome and the Giro d’Italia and defends the Briton. Plus ASO flexes its muscles on Froome’s participation at the Tour and some of big news in the world of cyclocross.


Quote of the day

“I want to defend [Froome’s] ride on Stage 19.” The Secret Pro


ASO threatens nuclear option, again, to block Froome from Tour de France

An unresolved salbutamol case hangs over the winner of the Giro d’Italia. Will Chris Froome keep his victory if he’s sanctioned? Well, Tour de France owner ASO does not want that question hanging over its own race, and have reportedly re-upped its threat of blocking the four-time Tour champ from starting in July.

ASO is a private organization rather than a governing body and presumably feels that it would have a better chance of defending any legal challenge if it bars Froome from the Tour than the UCI would.

According to La Gazzetta journalist Ciro Scognamiglio, ASO would try to prevent Froome from starting on the basis of the damage he could do to the Tour’s reputation. It has such a provision in its rules, as does the UCI. In March, UCI President David Lappartient said that in theory the governing body could also take this course of action, but said at the time he didn’t want to.

Now, it may have changed its mind.

Click through to read more.

Flanders Classics buys Superprestige cyclocross series

Flanders Classics, owners of the Tour of Flanders and many other cobbled spring classics, have purchased the Superprestige cyclocross series, the organization announced Wednesday.

Entering its 37th edition this fall, the series is considered the most prestigious below the World Cup level. The series includes eight races, which are held at many of the most hallowed places in cyclocross, like Zonhoven and its famed steep sand drops.

For a bit more context: Flanders Classics owns major spring races like the Tour of Flanders, Omloop het Nieuwsblad, Gent-Wevelgem, Scheldeprijs, and Brabantse-Pijl. The company hasn’t been afraid to break the mould with these iconic races and is behind the recent course restructuring of the Tour of Flanders, the addition of VIP tents at major climbs, and other attempts at modernization. It will be interesting to see what they do with the Superprestige.


Race Radio

Rivera wins again in Germany

American Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) won for the second time in three days at the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour. She won the stage three bunch sprint over Lisa Brennauer (Wiggle-Hgh5) and Roxane Fournier (FDJ) after a 131-kilometer day that started and finished in Schleiz.


Tech news


Tire brand Donnelly launches gravel and cross frames

Donnelly is branching out into frames, launching a gravel bike and cross bike this weekend at Dirty Kanza, the 200-mile gravel race across Kansas.

The G//C gravel frame has room for 45mm tires on 700c wheels, or 50mm tires on 650b wheels. The C//C cyclocross frame uses race-specific geometry, with decreased tire clearance (max tire size is 33mm for UCI events, after all). Both frames are carbon and were developed by Rolf Singerberger, former head of development for BMC and Eddy Merckx bikes.

Both framesets will retail for $2,000 USD, and will be available in June. Complete bikes with SRAM Rival or Force groups will be available in July.

Flexible training program with Zwift

Good news for all you Zwifters out there: the company is adding a range of flexible goal-based training plans that will adapt to the training schedules of subscribers. If a rider can’t complete a workout on a given day, the new system simply rolls over and re-adjusts the workouts for the rest of the week. For more information on the new Training Plans, head to Zwift.com.

Australian dockless bikeshare company under fire

It’s fair to say that dockless bikeshare company oBike has had a rocky start to its Australian adventure. The Singapore-based company launched into Melbourne in July 2017 and has been the target of community and government backlash ever since. Case in point: a permit granted to operate in Adelaide was revoked just months after bikes entered the city.

Now, Victoria’s Environmental Protection Authority has announced a crackdown that will see oBike fined $3,000 for each yellow bike that’s not collected within an appropriate time frame. The company will have two hours to collect a bike that’s creating a hazard, one day to remove a damaged or vandalised bike, two days to remove a bike up a tree or on a roof, and a week to remove a bike in a waterway.

Read more at The Age.


Sponsorship news

Bigla extends sponsorship of the Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team

Bigla, a producer and distributor of office furniture, has extended its title sponsorship of the Cervélo-Bigla professional women’s squad, signing on for a further two years until the end of 2020.

The team’s success includes the bronze medal in the world time trial championship for the past two years running. The announcement comes on the back of weekend sweep by Ashleigh Moolman at the GP de Plumelec-Morbihan Dames and La Classique Morbihan.

Christina Perchtold


Moving pictures

Elia Viviani loves his points jersey

Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour stage 2 highlights

The Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour have been making these awesome highlight videos from each stage of the race. While the post-race videos are published each day after the Daily New Digest is posted, we think the videos are too good to miss, so we’ll still be posting the previous stage’s highlight here.

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