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by Mark Zalewski
November 19, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: ASO announces end to historic Critérium International; Report: Angliru to feature in 2017 Vuelta; Rojas back on bike after Vuelta crash; Hayman, Garfoot named Australian Cyclists of the Year; Peter Sagan to start 2017 down under; Selle Italia becomes co-title sponsor of Wilier Triestina team; UCI Continental Team Illuminate to continue in 2017; Cadel Evans too intimidated to cycle in Sydney; Law changes could affect British cyclists injured by drivers; New research bolsters claims that exercise combats depression; Stolen Rio gold medals returned to Paralympic champion Cooke; Cavendish on the Ghent Six Day race; Hardbrakers Grandtour 2014; Timelapse at the Ghent Six Day.
It’s been in existence since 1932 and been won by some of the biggest names in cycling, but the Critérium International is no more. Organisers ASO have announced the end of the event after 85 editions, thus marking the end of an era. The news was announced on Friday and was due in part to the decision by the current hosts in Corsica not to continue their backing.
“After seven years of excellent collaboration with the city of Porto-Vecchio, host city of the 100th Tour de France in 2013, Amaury Sport Organisation and the representatives of the community have decided to not renew their agreements concerning the Critérium International,” said ASO in a statement. “However, the relationships that have developed over time will continue to produce cycling related events.”
These will unfortunately not extend to a return of the Critérium International, which appears to be facing permanent cessation.
ASO said that it had taken the decision to call it a day as regards the running of the race. It cited a stacked calendar as the main reason.
“While the winners have been of the highest quality, the peloton has seen a drop in density, due to the number of events taking place at this time of the season.”
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