Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

August 21, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Yves Lampaert wins the Vuelta’s opening road stage, takes red; Elia Viviani sprints to Cyclassics Hamburg win; Marianne Vos wins the Ladies Tour of Norway; Kasper Asgreen maintains Tour de l’Avenir lead after three stages; Henry Jaine, Kim Hurst win NZ Cyclocross titles; Australian track coach Gary West loses his battle with Motor Neurone Disease; QuickStep Floors signs Tour de l’Avenir stage winner Fabio Jakobsen; Opening bridge creates confusion at the Ladies Tour of Norway; QuickStep Floors and the transfer market logjam; Around the world in 80 days — Mark Beaumont’s journey through Australia; The Journey To The Other Side: Indian Pacific Wheel Race 2017 Documentary.

Australian track coach Gary West loses his battle with Motor Neurone Disease

by CyclingTips

Former Olympian and legendary Australian track coach Gary West has passed away after losing his battle with Motor Neurone Disease.

Vale Gary West. Cycling Australia is saddened by the passing of Gary West today in Adelaide. Tribute in profile. #aussiecycling

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West competed on the track for Australia at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and was a gold medalist at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. He was equally well known for his exploits as a coach, becoming the head coach of Australia’s track sprint program after the Beijing Olympics.

“Gary was a man of utmost integrity,” said Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green. “His accolades both on and off the bike as a cyclist and coach are well documented: he was a leader, he was humble and a visionary in all aspects of life and sport. Beyond the track, he was a loving husband and father, and friend to so many involved in our sport.”

West stood down as head coach after the Rio Olympics having revealed his battle with Motor Neurone Disease. He is survived by his wife Debbie, his children Michael, Tom and Sally and his extended family. CyclingTips would like to extend its condolences to West’s family, friends and colleagues.

Click through to read more at the Cycling Australia website and to read a touching tribute from Adelaide Advertiser journalist Reece Homfray.