Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 28, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Contador domestique André Cardoso tests positive for EPO, kicked off Tour squad; Cardoso ‘devastated’ by test result, insists upon his innocence; Movistar coach says that Quintana is at his best level yet; Gilbert, Kittel and Martin give three-pronged approach to QuickStep Floors’ Tour de France team; Belgian media claims QuickStep team set to continue for four more years, Lefevere says deal not done; Moolman-Pasio leads Cervélo-Bigla lineup in Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile; Cromwell amongst ambitious Canyon/SRAM riders heading into Giro Rosa; Orica-Scott vying for overall victory in Giro Rosa; Talansky using brain stimulator to reach optimum Tour de France shape; American rider Casey Saunders dies in Tour of Kansas City crash; Mexican rider tests positive for EPO at Gran Fondo New York; Video: Cycling Motivation – “Euphoria”; Video: New Zealand’s U23 world MTB XC champion Sam Gaze; Video: Skoda Cycling – I Want to Ride My Bicycle

Belgian media claims QuickStep team set to continue for four more years, Lefevere says deal not done

by VeloClub

There’s no formal announcement as yet, but claims that the uncertain future for the QuickStep Floors team may have been resolved. The publication claims that the Belgian squad will continue for at least another four years. It cites several unnamed sources as saying that there is no possibility that the team will stop.

It says that Specialized has extended for a minimum of four years, and that QuickStep Floors inked the same long-term deal in June. Lidl also remains on board. HLN said that by the end of this week, it will become clear if an additional main sponsor has been found or if long-term backer Zdenek Bakala will continue to provide funding.

During the Ster ZLM Toer the team manager Patrick Lefevere told HLN that he had set a deadline of June 30. An announcement the situation should become clear on that date or soon afterwards.

However Lefevere himself has blasted the story, saying that it is premature.

Several media reports in recent weeks have suggested that some big name riders could leave if enough money isn’t there to pay the salaries they feel they deserve.