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by Neal Rogers
September 29, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Colbrelli left fuming at Coppa Sabatini while Pasqualon takes biggest career win; Bergen 2017 organisation overwhelmed by donations in face of €7M budget deficit; Dimension Data renews with Anton, signs Welshman Scott Davies; Spanish climber Rafa Valls signs with Movistar for 2018; American Logan Owen signs with Cannondale-Drapac; Latour back to racing after broken pelvis at Tour de France; 2018 Tour de Yorkshire host towns announced; Video: Phil Gaimon’s Worst Retirement Ever takes on Flagstaff in Boulder, Colorado; Video: SRAM engineers party with eTap rear derailleur races; Video: The O Bike Rabbit Hole.
Just days after the conclusion of the 2017 UCI Road World Championships, the local organising committee in Bergen, Norway, is facing a deficit of seven-million euros (USD$8.25M). In response, Norwegians, brimming with pride after a widely embraced event, are stepping up to help cover the costs; more than 300,000 euros have already been donated to help offset the costs in just three days.
“We are overwhelmed, humbled, and proud,” was the response on the Bergen 2017 World Championships Facebook page. “We are proud that the Norwegians stand behind the organization and act on their own. The money flows from all over the country.”
The Bergen event received high marks from athletes, journalists, and fans, for the quality of its atmosphere, weather, courses, and overall organization.
The local tourism office claimed the Bergen worlds was the biggest event the city of 300,000 had seen “since the liberation after World War II.”
Click through to read more at nos.nl.