Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 17, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Seven talking points from the first week of the 2016 Giro d’Italia; Alexey Tsatevich ejected from Giro d’Italia by his own Katusha team; “Feeling good again,” Degenkolb returns to stage racing in California, unsure about Tour participation; Faces of the Future: Eight things to know about Tao Geoghegan Hart; NBC Sports Group renews TV and streaming rights for Tour of California through 2019; Worldwide Ride of Silence set for Wednesday; Sinead O’Connor missing after leaving for bike ride; On-board footage from Amgen Tour of California, stage 1; Inside the BMC team bus; Satirical video shows dangerous bike lanes in Manchester; Man tells Danny MacAskill he has “Wee bit to go before you’re Danny MacAskill”

Alexey Tsatevich ejected from Giro d’Italia by his own Katusha team

by VeloClub

One day after Alexey Tsatevich was handed a large time penalty for persistent slipstreaming during the ninth stage of the Giro d’Italia, his Katusha team has taken the unusual step of removing the Russian from the race.

The 26 year old won a stage in this year’s Volta a Catalunya and was eighth on stage seven of the Giro d’Italia. However he broke UCI regulations by shadowing Tobias Ludvigsson (Giant-Alpecin) during Sunday’s time trial. His team said this was serious enough to warrant further punishment.

“Alexey Tsatevich seriously violated the rules of riding an individual time trial by drafting on the wheel of another rider for a very long time,” it said in a statement.

“The UCI race commissaires decided to penalize Alexey Tsatevich, according to UCI Article 12.1.040/40.1 (Failure to respect regulation distances and gaps between riders [slip-streaming]) with 100 CHF fine and 6 minutes 48 seconds penalty in the stage classification.

“Team Katusha however judged that this measure was not enough for such poor and unacceptable behaviour and pulled the rider out of the race.”

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