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by Mark Zalewski
December 27, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert extends World Cup lead with dominant win at Heusden-Zolder; Vos continues comeback with World Cup win at Heusden-Zolder; British Cycling announces funding cuts; Froome discusses 2017 race plan; Quintana confirms Giro, Tour double; Movistar extends with Soler, Sütterlin; Van der Haar makes return at Heusden-Zolder; Van der Poel changes a shoe faster than many change a bike; Carol of the Spokes.
After UK Sport announced the final funding numbers for Tokyo 2020, with a reduction due to less money from the national lottery, British Cycling has had to make cuts to the cross-country mountain bike and BMX programmes.
“Consequently from April 2017, UK Sport will no longer fund the women’s BMX and men’s cross-country mountain bike elements of the world class programme,” a statement said.
“The world class programme, with the broader British Cycling organisation, are working through the impact and ramifications of this decision by UK Sport and are seeking alternative sources of funding to keep these two programme elements functioning to the highest possible standard under the circumstances.
“It is British Cycling’s belief that we have a group of talented riders in both the disciplines and we will do everything possible to help them achieve their potential.”
British Cycling’s funding for the 2013-17 Olympic cycle rose to £30.2 million, up from £26 million, due to their overwhelming success at the London Games, but the shortfall by the national lottery is taking its toll across many programmes.