Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 16, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kirsten Wild’s powerful sprint captures stage 2 of the Santos Women’s Tour; Caleb Ewan sprints to People’s Choice Classic victory at the Tour Down Under; Amanda Spratt carves out formidable lead in first stage of 2017 Santos Women’s Tour; Vos wins another World Cup, de Boer solidifies overall; Van Aert wins Italian World Cup round, overall; French government turns down request to make mechanical doping illegal; Toon Aerts likely out for season with shoulder injury from crash, riders question race course safety; American coach calls on Cycling Ireland to send team to world cyclocross championships; Owain Doull skips People’s Choice Classic with stomach bug; Di Rocco reelected president of Italian Cycling Federation; Money raised for 105-year-old world record breaker; Video: Meet Tiffany Cromwell; Video: Season prep with Wanty Groupe-Gobert.

American coach calls on Cycling Ireland to send team to world cyclocross championships

by VeloClub

Mark Legg, the coach and husband of 13-time US national cyclocross champion Katie Compton has added his thoughts to the decision by Cycling Ireland not to send riders to the world cyclocross championships. Following the Irish national championships earlier this month CI issued a statement explaining its decision, saying that riders needed to prove themselves internationally before being considered.

“Being the best in Ireland is not good enough to be selected to go to international events,” it said. “Riders need to show commitment to the sport by competing outside of Ireland; (for example) in Britain, up against larger fields of riders. Only then can that rider be judged to see how well they perform.”

However Legg said that had the same principles been applied to US riders, Compton would have been blocked in the past. “Based off the current statement from Cycling Ireland [about] their selection procedure for sending riders to World Championships, Katie Compton wouldn’t have qualified to attend World Championships in 2008,” he stated.  “In 2008 Katie earned the first medal for the US at the Elite level along with Jonathan Page in the Elite men and Danny Summerhill in the Junior men. Preventing Katie from attending World Championships as a self-funded athlete for the US we wouldn’t have seen Katie go on to win a World Cup the following season along with the World Cup overall in seasons following her attendance at the Cyclocross World Championships in 2008.”

Although CI has a limited budget for cyclocross races and used much of this at the European championships, the federation has said that riders cannot use self-funding to get to the worlds. CyclingTips understands that a Belgian team has offered support, including free use of a motor home, airport transfers and other assistance. Either CI or riders would have to cover flights and motor home fuel.  CI’s position is that other events should be the focus. “For 2017 we are aiming to return to the Europeans. We are planning development days during the summer and then, if funds allow, we will aim to head over to England for one of the (UK) National Trophy rounds.

“Should a rider do well in the Europeans and continue to produce results outside of Ireland we would consider putting a case forward to send him/her to the World Championships in 2018.”