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.

Alexander Kolobnev announces retirement

by CyclingTips

Russian Alexander Kolobnev announced his retirement via social media after a career that began in 2002. The 2008 Olympic road race bronze medalist had ridden in 12 Grand Tours for a variety of teams, including Domina Vacanze, Rabobank, Team CSC and Team Katusha. In 2016 he raced for Gazprom-RusVelo. He was also twice a runner-up at the UCI road world championships in 2007 and 2009.

Besides those palmares, he might be best known for his result at the 2010 Liège Bastogne Liège where he finished second to Alexander Vinokourov, and was later accused of having accepted a bribe to gift the win.

“Oleg Tinkoff said to me recently in a chance meeting: ‘It’s time to prepare yourself for the real life, and the sooner you realize it all, the transition will be more maneuverable.'” he wrote on his web site.

“All sportsmen go through a difficult career ending. All of them. The decision is inevitable. It is a torture.

“Anyone, who says that it is a normal process which is painless, you change your life and become devoting it, for example, only for the family, is insincere.”

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