Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 7, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet does the double! BMC rider takes Tour de France stage win, yellow jersey; Giro Rosa Round-up: Wiggle-High5 continues Italian success with stage win and pink for Mara Abbott; Jan Hirt wins Austria queen stage, takes over lead; Andrei Nechita wins Sibiu Cycling Tour prologue; Operación Puerto samples in UCI, WADA custody; WADA extends Meldonium grace period through September; The return of Marcel Kittel: ‘I know how hard the way back to this moment was’; Trans Am reflections: Race lead, blue feet, altitude sickness and a gender paradigm shift; Bahrain team on hold until 2018?; Sunweb possibly joining Giant as new title sponsor; Oleg Tinkoff: “If Sagan wins two stages, I stay in cycling”; Tour de France, stage 4 on-board highlights; Celebrating Kittel’s stage win; Peter Sagan: “Life is like a movie”; What does it take to ride in a breakaway at Le Tour?

Bahrain team on hold until 2018?

by CyclingTips

French newspaper L’Equipe is reporting a rumor that the much talked about Bahrain WorldTour team might be on hold until 2018 and that Vincenzo Nibali, who was linked with the project, is back on the market.

If true the implications for an already saturated rider market would be significant, as two other teams, Tinkov and IAM Cycling, are already closing their doors at the end of the season. Combined with many big names coming out of contract the fight for landing a spot on a top team is heating up.

UCI president Brian Cookson told reporters on Friday at the Tour de France that the Bahrain team has not yet applied for a license. He also said that the plan for the project would be, “taking over an existing license rather than forming a new team.”

Previous reports linked the current Lampre–Merida team to the project. The current manager of Lampre-Merida, Brent Copeland, was reported to be the new manager of the Bahrain team.

The Bahrain project has been embroiled in controversy under torture allegations surrounding the head of the project, Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

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