Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 25, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gaviria wins San Juan opener in confusing finish with peloton misdirected; Nicole Cooke critical of British Cycling and UK Anti Doping, questions Team Sky; Behind closed doors at the Tour Down Under with Katusha-Alpecin; Pauwels and van der Poel post doping control forms on social media; Nizzolo nursing knee injury, delays season start; Costs for 2015 Grand Depart city of Utrecht rise again, shortfall nearly 600,000 euros; Irish team for CX nationals after all?; Bart Wellens rides the World Championship course; Dutch sprinter Laurine van Riessen joins Matrix Pro Cycling; Montana lawmaker drafts bill to ban cycling on rural roads; 12th Brompton World Championship announced; CyclingTips to livestream Race Melbourne, the Cadel’s Race curtain-raiser criterium; Motorcyclist, driving in bike lane, meets karma.

Pauwels and van der Poel post doping control forms on social media

by CyclingTips

In what they are calling a move for more transparency in the process, both Kevin Pauwels and Mathieu van der Poel posted images of their doping control forms from out-of-competition tests each had this week, just ahead of the World Championships in Luxembourg.

“It is an initiative of Kevin Pauwels itself,” team manager Jurgen Mettepenningen told Het Laatste Niuews. “This is not with the team. It is also not advised by me or anyone on the team, it was his own choice, his own decision and I applaud it entirely. Kevin wants to show that he is a pure racer, nothing to hide and that is a good sign for cyclocross, more even for cycling in general. You should welcome such initiatives, the more transparency, the better. ”

While some see the move as a general form of showing the public they have nothing to hide, others are wondering if this is a shot across the bow to their rivals — namely current World Champion Wout van Aert and Laurens Sweeck. Both of the riders did not start at the final round of the World Cup in Hoogerheide, with van Aert citing a knee injury from the previous race and Sweeck suffering from the flu.

The more cynical observer might be suspicious of the timing. As well, it is possible that one or both would be taking medications for their conditions and possibly requiring a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) certificate. TUEs are the current hot topic in cycling, and sport in general, with claims the system is being abused to circumvent anti-doping rules.

“It’s not intended to provoke anything. It just goes to transparency, where such initiatives contribute to the positive image of cycling. Kevin started the initiative, Mathieu followed. A good thing, I like that from him. Look, the respect for the guys who choose to disclose such information will thus only increase to the audience. This sport would benefit from transparency.”

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