Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 11, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gaviria takes field sprint in Messina as Quick-Step Floors monopolizes podium; Démare bounces back to win stage two of the Four Days of Dunkirk; Knee surgery means Alaphilippe will miss 2017 Tour de France; Bennett third, but gains ‘so much confidence’; Race leader Jungels looks ahead after first day in pink; Fahlin and strong Wiggle High5 lineup psyched for Amgen Tour of California; Three year jail sentence for pregnant motorist who rammed cyclist into a tree; Lilian Calmejane: French cycling’s next big thing; Brian Cookson: ‘Professional sportspeople and teams will always push any rule to the very limit’; Video: André Greipel – a portrait of the Gorilla; Video: A catch-up with Laurens Ten Dam after his crash on Giro d’Italia stage 4; Video: This is the life of Team Sunweb’s mechanics at the Giro d’Italia; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 4 post-race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 5 pre-race

Brian Cookson: ‘Professional sportspeople and teams will always push any rule to the very limit’

by Matt de Neef

UCI president Brian Cookson has highlighted the dangers of complacency with regards the fight against doping and technological fraud within the sport of cycling. Speaking to WADA in a video interview, Cookson said that the UCI needs to remain vigilant and not allow any corruption to gain a foothold.

Here’s an excerpt:

While there’s a general consensus that cycling is cleaner now than it has been for some time, it’s certainly not true to say that doping has stopped entirely. Cookson believes that bike races at the highest level can be won clean, but highlights the need for the UCI and WADA to stay vigilant.

“I am not naïve about it,” he said. “I think that professional sportspeople and teams will always push any rule to the very limit and we have to keep watching. We have to keep controlling.

“We have to keep making sure that our processes, our procedures, our science, working with the right people in WADA and so on, that all of those are the best possible practice at the time.”

Click through to read the article and watch the video on CyclingTips.