Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 11, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Leopold König explains his path from Sky domestique to Giro d’Italia contender; Brailsford critcised UKAD chairman for speaking about investigation; Contador says he is happy to be finished with Oleg Tinkov; Velocite company owner alleges patent infringement by Pinarello; Niels Albert criticises elder van der Poel for working on world champs course construction; Athletes blast UCI for short notice on world championships; USA Cycling names cyclocross World Championships team; Christoph Strasser’s Australian record-breaking adventure starts in Perth today; British All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group seeking cyclists involved in traffic incidents; Stephen Hyde on the lead-up to nationals; Euro-cross recap video; Farmer drops pro triathletes like a boss; Fat Bike caught on electric fence.

Athletes blast UCI for short notice on world championships

by CyclingTips

The UCI announced yesterday that Los Angeles will host the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships from March 2 to 5. Unfortunately, riders hoping to compete in the event are taking issue with the short time to prepare, with the event only seven weeks away. Seven-time Paralympic champion Jody Cundy called the announcement “a joke.”

“I know of athletes not going because it is too close for them to even get back on the track, while other nations are not going because they do not have the funding,” he told BBC Radio 5.

“I am not sure the message it sends to go to Los Angeles with half of the normal competitors. It takes away from the level of competition and makes it look Mickey Mouse.”

“We are conscious that the award of this event comes late in the season for the athletes, teams and parties implicated in the organisation of the event,” UCI President Brian Cookson said in a statement. “However, we believe that holding these UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships for the first time ever in a post-paralympic season signifies notable progress and will enable our athletes to benefit from an enriched calendar as the discipline continues to develop. We would like to thank the U.S. Olympic Committee for organising this important event in such a short time.”

The UCI’s claim that this would be the first time the event will be held after a Paralympic year is incorrect, as that also happened in 2009 following the Beijing Paralympics.

Click through to read more at the BBC.