Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 2, 2016

In Tuesday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mateos wins in Portugal, Vinhas retains lead; Sagan and Specialized ink three year deal with Bora-hansgrohe; Nicolas Roche confirms move to BMC Racing Team in 2017; Kreuziger joins Orica-BikeExchange, aims to help team’s young riders in Grand Tours; RideLondon sportive rider dies of cardiac arrest; Rio velodrome given Aussie stamp of approval; Hesjedal to retire at end of season; Lobato signs with LottoNL-Jumbo; Merida to sponsor Bahrain Cycling Team; Tinkov blasts UCI decision to ban Russian cyclists from Olympics; Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic: On-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass: Classica San Sebastian; How many bikes do you own?

Tinkov blasts UCI decision to ban Russian cyclists from Olympics

by CyclingTips

Oleg Tinkov, owner of the Tinkoff Team, railed against the UCI’s decision to ban three Russian cyclists from the Rio Olympics, calling the decision hypocritical. Ilnur Zakarin, Olga Zabelinskaya and Sergey Shilov were barred from the Rio Games because of previous doping sanctions.

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“[Ilnur] Zakarin can’t go to Rio but [Alejandro] Valverde and others who been caught on doping can?” he exclaimed on social media.

“If this is not political revenge on Russia, what is it? It show again how stupid and impotent that fucking UCI [is]. Just bunch of bureaucratic idiots.”

Tinkov’s complaint centers around the fact that other cyclists who have served bans for doping violations are allowed to compete. Alejandro Valverde was suspended for two years as part of the Operación Puerto blood doping investigation

Three other yet-to-be-named Russian cyclists could also be barred from the Games by their own federation, since they were mentioned in the recent McLaren Report, describing a state-run doping programme by the Russian government.

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