Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 4, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Veloso wins Portugal stage, Vinhas keeps lead; Carpenter rides break to Utah win; Astana wins Vuelta a Burgos TTT; In her own words: Armitstead explains whereabouts case; Doping control officer: It’s right that Armitstead was cleared in her whereabouts case; Vincenzo Nibali confirms leadership of Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team; The difference one year makes: Peter Stetina’s incredible comeback; Caleb Ewan extends with ORICA-BikeExchange; USA Pro Challenge will not return in 2017; Wiggins talks frankly about doping, Armstrong; A lesson to learn: Silber’s approaching cycling the right way; Adam Phelan’s Video Diary: A guide among the chaos; Brain Injuries in Mountain Biking – Are we Doing Enough?; Former Pakistani Olympic cyclist reduced to rickshaw driver; Getting Team Canada dressed for Rio; Getting vehicles dressed for a race

A lesson to learn: Silber’s approaching cycling the right way

by Michael Better

A group of young men chat amongst each other as the morning sun rises high in the sky, warming the vast landscape of southern Utah. Skin-tight orange and black kits illustrate not merely their pristine fitness, but immaculate attention to health. The lycra wrapping their legs, perfectly placed on the three-quarter thigh tan line, sits above toned muscle only gained after spending kilometre after kilometre in the saddle. Something is off, though. Their youthfulness shines through and bib numbers run in the 150 range – the last team on the start list.

Later that afternoon, a woman in a black and orange jacket holds her breath before letting out a scream of jubilation, as a streak of orange and black coasts by her with his right-hand reaching towards the sun. While winning for a veteran may sometimes be commonplace, the raw emotion shown by the young is numbing.

Silber Pro Cycling is making their first appearance at the Tour of Utah, their first 2.HC race in the team’s three-year existence. It netted the opening stage, as well as the leader’s yellow jersey with Kristofer Dahl, after having Matteo Dal-Cin in the breakaway all day. A storybook 2016 season which has included tears of success and tears of the hardest of heartbreak has written another chapter.

The team’s rapid rise to the top – they are number one in the teams ranking on the UCI America Tour – seems here to stay, with a methodical approach being taken by management. Team owner Scott McFarlane is driven to establish a firm business infrastructure with long-term sponsorship commitment and sponsors also driven by upward movement.

“We’ve got our title sponsor and all of our financial sponsors committed for the next three years,” McFarlane told CyclingTips. “We are going to use the next two years to develop our business operations and our marketing before we consider in the third year going Pro Conti. We want to make sure the program’s completely solidified and we are able to get riders to the next level over the next two years first. Then we’ll consider moving up, once all of the business infrastructure is in place.”

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