Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 14, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Démare wins GP de Denain; Team USA defends women’s team pursuit world title in thrilling race over Australia; Whistleblower claims Team Sky breached ‘no needles’ policy; Specialized takes blame for component failure causing Terpstra’s Paris-Roubaix crash; Did spectator try to pull Stybar’s arm in Roubaix velodrome?; Specialized CEO Sinyard ‘I believe truly that two years from now everybody will be riding disc brakes’; Gilbert on rivals at Brabantse Pijl: I let them lose; Nizzolo finally over injury, set to return at Tour of Croatia; Battle on the Border postponed; Boonen enjoying retirement; 2017 UCI Track World Championships, day 1 highlights; Video: Van der Poel catching air over Meeusen; Video: Celebrating British Cycling.

Battle on the Border postponed

by CyclingTips

Organisers of the Subaru NRS Battle on the Border have postponed the event until later in the year after concerns for rider safety and community welfare in light of the devastation and damage caused to the area by Cyclone Debbie.

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“While we are disappointed that the event can’t go ahead as planned, we place a high emphasis on rider safety and welfare and respect for the communities in which we run these events” said Cycling Australia’s CEO Nick Green.

“We are committed seeing this event run later in the year as it is an iconic tour and we urge riders, team owners and spectators to return.”

The area that the race would have run through was heavily affected by Cyclone Debbie with a high amount of erosion in places and large sections of debris across vast areas. While these sections are accessible by cars, they are not up to racing standard.

“Cycling Australia along with Cycling Queensland and the event promoter, QSM Sports, are working with key stakeholders and the local community to determine a suitable date to be announced in the near future,” a statement said.