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by Mark Zalewski
January 6, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Katrin Garfoot delivers emphatic win to defend women’s Australian time trial title; Rohan Dennis wins his second consecutive Australian time trial title; British Cycling warned about relationship with Team Sky; Madiot backs Lappartient for UCI president; ASO buys German race organiser; Eddy Merckx: ‘Tour of Oman will be ridden’; Boonen begins season at Vuelta a San Juan; Former WADA head calls Russian doping scandal worse than Lance Armstrong; Team Sunweb unveils new kit; Meet 105-year-old hour record holder Robert Marchand; Retro Ronde van Vlaanderen.
The Amaury Sport Organisation, owners of the Tour de France any many other major races, has struck a deal to take over the German race organizer Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports, owners of the one-day race Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt (previously the Henninger-Turm) held in May.
Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt.
“Our team has organised over 50 editions of the race at the highest level. Our ongoing endeavour to develop the race, which is also reflected in our newly acquired WorldTour status, imposes high demands on us. The experience of the ASO and its employees will certainly benefit the event,” saidGesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports’ Bernd Moos-Achenbach, which will continue to organise the event.
This is one of many changes for the ASO in recent months, having cancelled the long-standing Critérium International and losing the Tour of Qatar, a race it managed.
It is also a show of confidence in the return of the German market for pro cycling events, which had taken in a hit due to the doping scandals in the past. This included German broadcaster ARD not airing major cycling races like the Tour de France. Coincidentally, ARD announced today that it would broadcast the Tour de France for the next two years.
Germany is Europe’s largest economy and a major cycling market, and would make sense from the perspective for the ASO. The Tour de France Grand Depart is set for Düsseldorf this year.