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by Mark Zalewski
November 2, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Verschueren defend in Koppenbergcross; Team Novo Nordisk CEO Southerland calls for more nuanced debate on TUEs; Vaughters on WorldTour: A race to the bottom; Shane Sutton responds to findings of internal investigation; Van der Haar returns to podium; Nicholas Roche talks about move from Sky to BMC; RideLondon-Surrey Classic and Velon sign three-year partnership; Phil Gaimon announces retirement; Bahrain-Merida filling out roster, has first training camp; Colin Joyce joins Rally Cycling; Jelly Belly trading gaining European experience with return of Tvetcov; Give your bicycle a ‘boost’; Ride a bike on your stomach.
The newest addition to the men’s peloton, Bahrain-Merida, is filling-out the remainder of its roster as it awaits its WorldTour license. As well the team held its first official meeting in Pore?, Croatia.
Antonio Nibali, younger brother of team captain Vincenzo, signed with the team. The 24-year-old rode for the Nippo – Vini Fantini team the past two seasons, and is known as a climber. He took third in the best young rider category at the Tour of Japan this year.
Two young Slovenian riders David Per and Domen Novak, both 21, as well as Chinese rider Meiyin Wang we also announced.
Per won the Ronde van Vlaanderen for espoirs this year and Novak was best young rider at the Tour of Croatia.
Wang has been a professional for eight seasons and won the KOM jersey at the Tour de Langkawi this year. “ I have been working on cycling sport for more than 10 years and I really appreciate my coach with his instructions,” said Wang. “Also, I really appreciate Mr. Brent Copeland and Merida the brand with their trust. I look forward working with my new team-mates, and I will try my best in the races in Europe and else where and honor my team and all the Chinese people.”
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