Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

June 30, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Richie Porte extends with BMC Racing Team beyond 2017; Dario Cataldo renews with Astana through 2019; Twelve national champions to start Tour de France in Düsseldorf; Upon reanalysis of 2012 sample, UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal imposes four-year ban on Jure Kocjan for EPO use; UCI adds three events to 2018 Women’s WorldTour calendar; Kazakhstan junior Dana Akhmetova dies after losing consciousness in Youth Sports Games; Yorkshire host towns revealed for 2019 UCI Road World Championships; Androni Giocattoli renews sponsorship for 2018; Trek puts up funds for equal prize money at Waterloo cyclocross World Cup event; Cyclists using mobile phones in Victoria to face $476 fine.

Androni Giocattoli renews sponsorship for 2018

by CyclingTips

Italian toy manufacturer Androni Giocattoli will be return as the title sponsor of the Italian Pro Continental team led by longtime manager Gianni Savio.

“Androni Giocattoli has been supporting us since 2008 and during the several seasons we have achieved great results internationally, winning stages at the Giro and in the classics both in Italy and abroad,” Savio said. “We have launched many young riders into professional careers who have achieved successes with us and then continued to win in other big teams. I like to remember the three most representative riders of the last few years — Alessandro De Marchi, Fabio Felline, and Diego Rosa, now respectively with BMC Racing, Trek-Segafredo, and team Sky.

“I also remember with nostalgia Franco Pellizotti, who gave us a tricolor jersey, and with deep sorrow a rider who left us but who will always remain in our hearts not only for his victories with our jersey, Michele Scarponi. Together with experienced riders, we have now a group of young riders — some of whom have already been victorious this year at their debut among professionals — with whom we are planning the future of our team.”