Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 3, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: No more podium girls at Tour Down Under; A review of the professional cyclist union; Froome feared a broken back after Tour crash; Tour de Yorkshire route announced; Kjell Carlström to direct Cycling Academy team; Drapac Pat’s Veg Holistic development team; Holowesko-Citadel team adds four in 2017; Australian women’s Team Roxsolt evolving; No positive doping tests from 2016 Vuelta; Will Routley announces retirement; New research into bike saddles and erectile dysfunction; Cyclist ID law overturned; Riders on the Revolution Cycling Champions League London; Boiler Rollers – Teaser.

Australian women’s Team Roxsolt evolving

by CyclingTips

Team Roxsolt has evolved from a summer racing team for European-based Australian women racers to a year-round development team that is helping young riders make the jump to the top level. For the next season they will be known as Team RoxsoltAttaquer.

Chloe Hosking, Lauren Kitchen, Kimberley Wells, Carlee Taylor and Tiffany Cromwell have all ridden with the team during the Australian summer racing season, and it was Hosking who put the idea into team director Kelvin Rundle’s head.

“It was great to do what we were doing, giving the Australian professionals a chance to race in a team in front of home crowds, but equally there were a bunch of up and coming riders that didn’t have the opportunity to sign with a team. I thought it would be really interesting to see how far we could progress the team outside the programs run by Cycling Australia and New Zealand.”

The team raced twice in Europe this season with guest rider Peta Mullens leading. “I think for the riders, it was a good experience to show them where they would need to be to race for a UCI team, but also what that experience would look like, so they could decide whether racing in Europe was for them,” said Rundle.

“For this year we’re looking to do a racing block in the US in June, we’ve already got some invites and then we’ll look for another block in July in Europe and hopefully get some Asian race invites. Looking at the NRS calendar, we will do most of the season, but some of the races just aren’t economical to do. A lot of the team is based in New Zealand and when we look at the racing and paying for flights, it is actually cheaper for us to take the team to race in the US than do some of the NRS events.”

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