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by Mark Zalewski
December 17, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Hidden motor inventor Varjas claims technological fraud still possible despite UCI checks; BMC Racing Team president Ochowicz ‘very confident’ in Porte’s Tour de France chances; Cookson urges Brailsford to reveal contents of medical package; Five questions for Dave Brailsford; Moreno Hofland on his new team; Edward Theuns calls the 2017 season ‘A rehabilitation year’; Aqua Blue Sport names roster for inaugural race; Androni-Giocattoli gets ProContinental license from UCI, no word on TJ Sport; Video shows Britain’s transport secretary dooring cyclist; Stölting Service Group team folds; NFTO closes after no replacement sponsor found; Japanese cyclocross racer forced to leave Belgium; Top Irish track rider Caroline Ryan retires; UCI Cyclcross World Championships teaser.
New Irish pro team Aqua Blue Sport has named its line-up its first race, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Australia, with two Aussies and a Kiwi to back the 016 runner-up, Australian Leigh Howard.
Geelong local Leigh Howard finishes second in the 2016 edition.
“We are delighted with the team that we have assembled for our first race and believe we have the ability to make an impact from the outset in 2017,” said team owner Rick Delaney.
Australian Calvin Watson and Kiwi Aaron Gate will be at home in the race. Dutch riders Peter Koning and Michel Kreder and American Larry Warbasse are also on the roster. The only Irishman is Conor Dunne, 26, who comes from the An Post-Chainreaction team.
“I’m really excited to be starting my season back home in Australia, and having taken second place last year I’m definitely on a mission to perform in 2017,” said Howard.
“My pre-season has been going well, I’m excited to be with a new team and I will be disappointed with anything less than a strong result on January 29.”