Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 4, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Ewan, Allen victorious on stage 3 of the Bay Crits; Scandolara, Bibby win overall; Clearing obstacles: Kaitie Antonneau’s journey from depression to self-acceptance; Thomas Dekker’s former manager alleges extortion in lawsuit; Belgian cyclocross championship course controversy; Niels Albert responds sharply to course modification furor; Laurens Sweeck questionable for Belgian championships; Talansky breaks thumb in training crash; Porte to headline BMC’s Tour Down Under squad; Paris-Nice unveils 2017 course; Wiggins joins winter sports-based reality TV show; Dutch cycling beer coming to Tour Down Under; Video: Aqua Blue Sport Pro Cycling; Jens Voigt ‘Everests’ Teufelsberg Hill for charity.

Belgian cyclocross championship course controversy

by CyclingTips

There has been a lot of commotion over the parcours for the Belgian national cyclocross champions, set for this weekend — including allegations by a team manager that the course has been designed to suit one team in particular. Sporza reports that Danny De Bie, sports director at Marlux-Napoleon Games, has said that more than 10 percent of the course is not rideable, which would violate UCI rules.

The part of the course in dispute is the beach section for which a massive flyover was constructed. UCI rule 5.1.017 states that “The course must form a closed circuit of a minimum length of 2.5 km and maximum 3.5 km, of which at least 90% shall be ridable.” That last part is where the problem arises, with claims that the 480 metre beach section of the 3km course is not rideable, and thus exceeding the 10 percent rule.

“Teams who responded that the course is customized for a particular team are wrong,” said Eddy Lissens of the Belgian Cycling Federation. “The course has changed a few times. It was first three kilometres, then it was 2.8 kilometres and 2.525 kilometers in the end. The organization can draw a trail, but the federation must always approve it.

“In the original circuit the rule of ten percent ride-ability was exceeded. The loop in the sand was reduced to 250 metres and the course is 2,525 metres. That is the official distance.”

“Whether the organization got it wrong? Maybe they should have waited until today or Wednesday to change the course. But I would not call it a mistake. They have done very well, and it is regrettable that it seemed that the adjustment was done according to a particular team.”

Click through to read more at Sporza.