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by Mark Zalewski
August 3, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dahl sprints to biggest career win in Utah; Van Poppel sprints to Vuelta a Burgos opener win; Armitstead avoids Rio ban after winning UK Anti-Doping Court case; Nicole Cooke weighs-in on Armitstead missed tests; UCI expands WorldTour calendar for 2017; Froome: Team GB leader not decided for Rio; Atapuma, Dombrowski headline Tour of Utah GC battle, host of others look to spoil the duel; Lars Boom returns to LottoNL-Jumbo; Hugh Carthy joins Cannondale-Drapac for 2017; The next generation: Meet the 2016 WorldTour stagiaires; Germans bring extra track sprinter to Rio; Truck driver reported after filming road rage incident with cyclists; Trailer: “The Grey Escape”; Specialized Olympic bikes have colour-changing paint; Daniel Oss hair toss
Following the UCI’s announcement, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has confirmed that it has been successful in securing a place on the UCI WorldTour racing calendar from 2017 – 2019 with a three year license.
Cadel Evans, said gaining a spot on the UCI WorldTour calendar was his dream for the race.
“I am absolutely delighted that our vision has been realised and Australia now has its own modern one-day classic,” Evans said.
“For world cycling this means the classic season will now start in Geelong on January 29, 2017. And, our race will become a critical part of the season with teams and individuals vying for early season points in order to set up their entire year.
“To have such an important race showcase a beautiful region that feels like my ‘cycling backyard’ is something I am very proud of.”