Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 20, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Brailsford finally discloses nature of 2011 Sky mystery package for Wiggins, yet questions linger; Zwift Academy rider Leah Thorvilson wins Canyon-SRAM contract; Elite racer turned orthopedic surgeon to conduct extensive concussion and injury study among pro, amateur cyclists; Vansummeren on life after racing; Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour team suspended for multiple doping positives; MPCC sponsors call for additional commitment to fighting other kinds of cheating; American Owen to skip cyclocross to focus on road; Young Aussie champion Alex Morgan steps away from cycling; Team Sky dines on Norwegian salmon prize at camp; Backlash over New Zealand brewery’s ad promotion with Lance Armstrong; British track sprinter Williamson to return after serious crash; Documentary: ‘From the South UP.’

American Owen to skip cyclocross to focus on road

by CyclingTips

In an interview with VeloNews, young American talent Logan Owen says he is skipping racing cyclocross this season in order to pursue his dream of racing in the WorldTour. Despite being 21 he decided to race in the elite category at the 2016 US National Cyclocross Championships last January, finishing an impressive third behind Jeremy Powers and Stephen Hyde.

Logan Owen chased for second place as snow began to fall on the final lap at 2016 U.S. national cyclocross championships. He finished third. Photo by Wil Matthews.

Logan Owen chased for second place as snow began to fall on the final lap at 2016 U.S. national cyclocross championships. He finished third. Photo by Wil Matthews.

One of the many talented riders of Axel Merckx’s Axeon-Hagens Berman team, he posted impressive road results in 2016 as well, including winning the Liege-Bastogne-Liege espoir race, the first American to do so. However, he was surprised to not have any top division interest, only receiving ProContinental offers.

As a result he is going to again race for Merckx in 2017, but will be putting all his attention to getting to the WorldTour, and an outcome of that is taking a rest in the winter instead of racing ‘cross.

“My whole career I’ve basically been racing cross and road with no break — maybe I’d take a week off,” Owen said.

“I think that mentally I needed a break. I just got to this point where I was exhausted.”

Click through to read more at VeloNews.

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