Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 1, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Americans at the 2016 Tour de France: Who’s racing, and what are their objectives?; Drapac signs five-year deal as co-title sponsor of Cannondale Pro Cycling Team; hansgrohe joins Bora as co-sponsor for 2017; Sagan joining Bora–Hansgrohe in 2017?; Cycling Canada names team for Rio; Numainville left off Canadian Olympic team; Tiffany Cromwell: “It’s not the end of the world if I’m not selected [for Rio]”; Wiggle and Chain Reaction merger approved; USADA, UCI sign information-sharing agreement; Cylance roster for Giro Rosa; Giant-Alpecin unveils special “July Kit” for Tour de France; Cyclist killed by grizzly bear; Bike share cyclist arrested for slapping fire fighter; Pro mountain biker takes Walmart bike down serious trails

Bike share cyclist arrested for slapping fire fighter

by CyclingTips

A woman riding a Divvy bike share bicycle slapped a Chicago firefighter when he wouldn’t let her ride past a reversing a fire truck. Maegan Kurtz, 26, approached the station on a Divvy bicycle and tried to continue cycling past the truck when a fireman tried to stop her for safety.

A verbal altercation ensued and Kurtz allegedly slapped the firefighter. The man pushed Kurtz away and she tumbled to the ground, Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said in court Wednesday.

“I do not take lightly the fact that an officer tells someone to stay out of the way, and the response is to get slapped in the face,” Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas told Kurtz.

Kurtz was charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer and bail was set for $25,000.

The firefighter was treated and released from Northwestern Memorial Hospital for a “laceration” to the left side of his face, according to the arrest report.