Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 5, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Caleb Ewan claims second consecutive Australian criterium title; Jessica Allen wins Australian criterium title, opens account for Orica-Scott; US cyclocross nationals: Is this the year Hyde takes the title from Powers?; Alexander Kolobnev announces retirement; Nys recons Belgian championship course with team; UAE Abu Dhabi team; US cyclocross championship course providing a challenge; Video: Inside beach racing.

UAE Abu Dhabi team unveils kit

by CyclingTips

In what was likely one of the quickest turnarounds for a cycling kit supplier, the new UAE Abu Dhabi team presented it’s 2017 team kit today in the UAE capital. The WorldTour license formerly of Lampre-Merida was set to transfer to a Chinese-backed group called TJ Sport. However, those plans fell through late in December and at the eleventh hour a Middle Eastern group stepped in, thanks in part to bike sponsor Colnago.

“A new chapter of the team’s cycling path begins today here in Abu Dhabi and on behalf of all the team’s members I can assure that we’re excited and glad to be able to rely on people who clearly inspired us with their passion and devotion to cycling,” general manager Giuseppe Saronni said.

“We thank Mr. Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni Al Dhaheri and his colleagues for their commitment to our team, we’ll do our best to succeed both in the competitions and here in Abu Dhabi.

Saronni had previously said he was unsure the pieces would fall into place in time. “I never had time to think that we wouldn’t pull it off, we didn’t have the time to think,” Saronni said to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The team’s formation is a bright spot for cycling in the region, against the recent cancellation of the Tour of Qatar.