Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

May 30, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali wins the 2016 Giro d’Italia; Dries Devenyns crowned Belgium Tour winner; Megan Guarnier and Greg Daniel win US National Road titles; Anthony Giacoppo victorious in Tour of Japan prologue; Gracie Elvin claims her second consecutive win at Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik; Lizzie Armiststead wins the Boels Rental Hills Classic; Rachel Neylan solos to GP de Plumelec victory; Stig Broeckx in a coma after Belgium Tour pile-up; Bahrain Cycling Team one step closer to reality; Brian Cookson worried Rio Olympic velodrome won’t be ready in time; Mario Cipollini on the state of modern sprinting; Orica-GreenEdge Backstage Pass – Giro d’Italia stage 20.

Brian Cookson worried Rio Olympic velodrome won’t be ready in time

by Matt de Neef

UCI president Brian Cookson has said that he is ‘very, very concerned’ that the velodrome currently being built for the Rio Olympics later this year won’t be ready in time.

Several construction deadlines have already been missed, forcing the cancellation of an Olympic test event schedule back in March.

“The progress still seems to be incredibly slow. We now believe we don’t have any time for any proper test events and that’s very, very worrying,” Cookson said. “I want to encourage our friends in Rio to live up to the commitment that they’ve made and have the venue finished and operational – fully – several weeks before the Games.”
“The test event was due for the end of March and was cancelled, and we had previous plans before that put back as well,” Cookson said.

“We talked about a training weekend at the end of June but now we understand there are problems with that as well. All of these things are very, very worrying.”

Brazilian sports minister Leonardo Picciani recently said that the facility was nearly 90% complete, with most of the work to be completed in June. The Rio Olympics run from August 5-21.

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