Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 10, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UK Anti-Doping chairman vows to find out contents of Wiggins’ medical package; Lieuwe Westra announces retirement; Alex Peters to step back from joining Team Sky; Étoile de Bessèges suffering from financial shortfall; Niels Albert: van Aert has plenty of time to left to win; Aqua Blue Sport to donate portion of prize money to Emerald Fund; Nys says no pressure on son following national championship; Possible 2018 UCI Road Worlds course leaked; Isle of Man picked to host 2017 British Road Championships; 2017 US National cyclocross championships highlights.

Alex Peters to step back from joining Team Sky

by CyclingTips

British racer Alex Peters was set to step up to the WorldTour level with Team Sky this season, but has since come to an agreement with the team to return to the Dutch Continental SEG Racing Academy team.

Today we welcome @alexpeters_94 back in our team! Having been part of SEG Racing Academy’s first ever squad, we know what Alex is capable of, the added value he brings to the team and how helpful we can also be to in his growth as a rider. Back in 2015, the 22-year old British rider got a traineeship and a two-year dream contract at @teamsky. He made a very good impression with the team but has since encountered several hurdles. “I’ve struggled with a number of issues that made for a very tough time mentally and an extremely difficult neo-pro experience”, explains Peters. “Not only as a cyclist but also personally. After conversations with experienced staff members and people around me, we jointly decided it’s better to take a step back in order to make strides forward.” With our focus on talent development, it made all sense to reunite with Alex and provide him with the best environment to grow even more in the sport. “He was our first graduate in 2015, moving up to Team Sky after just half a season with us, during which he showed an immense talent”, says SEG Racing Academy Manager Bart van Haaren. “We are a development institution. Having supported Alex through his first professional season, we also recognised the problems he struggled with. Therefore, we are happy to welcome him back to the academy and help him be ready to step up again.” Alex feels highly motivated for this season already. “I’m sure it’s the right decision to continue my development at SEG Racing Academy. I’ve got a book full of learning points to work on and can’t wait to make the necessary progress to succeed and come back to the highest level. I learned a lot during my time with Team Sky, I feel proud to have been part of the organisation and it gives me a great boost to know Team Sky will follow my development closely. I would like to thank everyone in the team for their help and trust and look forward to seeing them again at the races this season.” At SEG we stand for the long-term career plan for our clients and we are always looking for what is the best for them. We are happy to help Alex maximise his talent and career over the coming years. #talentdevelopment #alexpeters #teamsk

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“Alex Peters and Team Sky have agreed that Alex will return to the SEG Racing Academy for the 2017 season,” said Sky in the statement.

“I’ve had a tough time recently and struggled with some personal issues that have made it difficult for me to give the team, and my cycling career, my full commitment,” said Peters.

“Having spoken to the team and those around me, we’ve agreed together that I will return to the SEG Racing Academy.

“I do feel like I will be making a step back to make strides forward. I’ve learned an enormous amount and I’m keen to succeed as a cyclist over the long term at the top level. I’m looking forward to continuing my development.”