Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 19, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte attacks to win stage 2 of the Tour Down Under and take overall lead; Four Giro wildcards announced with only two Italian teams; Report into British Cycling culture expected in February; Belgian team for cyclocross World Championships announced; With no team options, Luca Paolini retires; Patrice Ciprelli, husband of Jeannie Longo, back in court for EPO import case; GreenEDGE Cycling to launch Chinese-collaboration Continental team in 2017; Snow blankets team training camps in Spain; Cycling Victoria announces new race and change to oldest event; Highlights: Men’s Santos Tour Down Under, stage 2; Nys shows he still has it while training with team; Video: Team Sunweb; Video: Riding Vertical Walls on a Bike.

Belgian team for cyclocross World Championships announced

by CyclingTips

After some controversy from coach Rudy De Bie over selection of the Belgian team for the upcoming UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Luxembourg, the final roster was announced Wednesday. While there is no surprise that defending champion Wout van Aert made the men’s team, a surprise came in the form of Gianni Vermeersch over Klaas Vantornout, Jim Aernouts and Jens Adams.

“I chose Gianni because form in recent weeks has been increasing. Other pluses are that he can start very quickly and that he is not the most pleasant rider to ride in the race,” De Bie told Sporza.

“The difference between these four riders is very small. Of course everyone hopes to be there at the World Championships. When I contacted the others they were disappointed.”

Despite De Bie’s comments about the elite women’s racers, including a preference to not take a full team if they are not full-time professional racers, the Belgians will have a full complement of women, led by Belgian champion Sanne Cant.

“I want to apologise for that unfortunate statement,” De Bie said. “Especially with Loes, but also in all the other ladies who practice their sport in the same way and to the best of their ability. I have huge respect for that. I fought for years and I know how hard they try. Both the federation and I will continue to support those girls. My pronunciation was very stupid. All the controversy that has arisen around it hit me hard.”

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