Landis; UniSA squad; Colorado Classic drops men’s race: Daily News Digest

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Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today:

Floyd Landis changed his team’s name to accommodate Canadian law. UniSA announced its roster for the Santos Tour Down Under. And the Colorado Classic dropped its men’s race for 2019. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.

Story of the Day: Landis changes team name over legal concerns

Floyd Landis’ new Canadian-based Continental program will be known as Floyd’s Pro Cycling in 2019 and ride Van Dessel bikes. The team was originally going to bear the name of Landis’ cannabis company, Floyd’s of Leadville, but Canadian law has promotional prohibitions related to cannabis products.

Floyd’s Pro Cycling, which will be run by Gord Fraser and has taken over most of the infrastructure from the defunct Silber Pro Cycling team, will adopt the EF Education First-Drapac model in 2019 and race events other than road races. The team’s first non-road event will be the Canadian gravel event Paris to Ancaster on April 28.

Floyd Landis used part of the settlement money he got from Lance Armstrong to start a continental team.

A second team opting to focus on events outside of road racing is a telltale sign that professionally is in difficulty. Teams are beginning to notice that in order to survive the finacial sponsorship model in the modern age of professionally cycling, they need to diversify where their sponsors receive coverage. This is definitely a trend to keep a watch on in the coming years.

’Gram of the day

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Colorado Classic drops men’s race for 2019

The four-day Colorado Classic will be a women’s only event in 2019. Race organisers have opted to promote its women’s event to UCI status next year, while dropping the men’s race completely. Live streaming will be available each for the August 22-25 race and a US$135,000 prize purse will be offered.

Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) won the 2018 edition of the Colorado Classic.

Line up for UniSA-Australia Tour Down Under team

Cycling Australia has announced the men’s UniSA-Australia team for January’s Santos Tour Down Under, which will give a select group of domestic racers the chance to line-up against the world’s best this summer.

Experienced three-time Tour Down Under rider Neil Van Der Ploeg will be captain for the national team, which includes five riders from the top National Road Series squad, Team Bridgelane. They include Oceania champion Chris Harper, Dylan Sunderland, Ayden Toovey and Jason Lea.

The sixth team member, Nick White (Oliver’s Real Food Racing), finished second overall in the 2018 National Road Series. The final member of the team will be announced after Road Nationals, as will the selections for the remainder of Australia’s summer of racing.

Van der Poel could race Flanders, Roubaix

Corendon-Circus’ registration as a Pro Continental team for 2019 was approved by the UCI, opening the door for Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel to compete at WorldTour events such as Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix.

The UCI confirmed the 18 WorldTeams (new designation in place of WorldTour) and 25 Pro Continental teams for 2019. There are no new programs at the top tier.

Movistar says goodbye to Quintana’s brother

Nairo Quintana will be without his brother, Dayer, in 2019. Movistar chose not to renew Dayer’s contract. He moved up to the WorldTour with Movistar at the end of 2013 and has been used a domestique.

Quintana has not yet signed a contract for next year, but he has been linked to Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia.

Brothers Nairo and Dayer Quintana at the start line of the 2017 Milano-Torino.

Kozhatayev’s heart issue may force him to retire

Astana and Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev have parted ways due to the team’s concern with Kozhatayev’s heart health. The 26-year-old Kazak appears to have been suffering from heart problems and after a lengthy examination process by the team’s doctors and outside specialists, Astana deemed him unfit to compete at the WorldTour level.

Tech News

Scott Sports goes big on little ones

For 2019, Scott Sports is investing big into the kids market. The Swiss-based company announced two clearly defined ranges, with ’Kids” serving young ones of ages up to 11, while “Future Pro” sees an entire range of mini-adult bikes, including carbon options. The Spark 700 Pro sits as the flagship Future Pro bike, featuring 27.5in wheels and built to fit riders from 152cm in height. In many ways, this is simply a modified version of what Scott already sells in its women’s focused Contessa range, but the touch points and suspension do appear to be tuned for smaller and lighter riders.

In the Kids range, Nino Schurter-inspired bikes remain a common theme, while the new Gravel 24 bike caught our eye. In addition to the bikes, Scott has grown its range of hard and soft goods, including new performance helmets and shoes for children.

Happy Birthday too …

Zdenek Stybar (33), the Czech first made headlines as a dominant force on the cyclocross scene. He won back-to-back world titles in 2010 and 2011 before joining Quick-Step Floors that spring. Stybar has twice finished second at Paris-Roubaix.

Stybar and ‘cross legend Sven Nys dueled at the 2014 world championships. Both were vying for a third world title with the Czech ultimately defeating the Belgian. Photo: Cor Vos

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