Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 8, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI insists no reduction to team sizes in 2017; Jack Bobridge on retiring at 27: ‘At the end of the day health comes first’; One less WorldTour team in 2017? Rider agent ‘very concerned’ about Chinese team TJ Sport; Velon creating new race series; Stefan Schumacher signs with; Kenyan cyclist who lost leg in crash talks about life after amputation; Tom Boonen: I needed a sports psychologist after Abu Dhabi Tour crash; Cameron Wurf returning to pro racing with triathlon ambitions; Four days of Dunkirk reveals course and name change to Tour des Hauts-de-France; Giro del Trentino becomes Tour of the Alps; 2017 Oceania Track Cycling Championships; Record-setting attempt to ride around Great Britain underway; Strava calculates the fastest cyclists by country; KASK extends sponsorship with Team Sky; Christian Meier on his final pro race; Adorable cyclocross racer shows how barriers are done.

Cameron Wurf returning to pro racing with triathlon ambitions

by CyclingTips

Former WorldTour pro Cam Wurf is returning to the pro peloton in 2017 after a break of nearly two years, joining with the U.S. domestic team Cylance, which is beefing-up its men’s programme to go along with its women’s WorldTour squad. However, the unique aspect of the agreement is that his racing programme will work towards him competing in the Ironman World Championships in Kona.

Cam Wurf is back to racing but as training for Ironman triathlons.

Cam Wurf is back to racing but as training for Ironman triathlons.

The 33-year-old rode for the Italian Liquigas outfit through 2014 when he walked away from the top-end of the sport. That team was sponsored by Cannondale, as is the Cylance team now.

“Cylance is a small team that Cannondale is associated with so it seemed like the perfect fit for me to be able to do a little bit of racing and ease my way back into that and also balance that schedule around my priorities in Ironmans,” Wurf said. “It is a great opportunity that Cannondale have given me and it is very motivating to qualify for Kona so that I can enjoy that period. For me, to prepare for Hawaii the best possible way is to do it that way.”

During his time away from cycling he fed his competitive nature by taking up triathlons. Wurf even qualified for Kona but a mountain bike accident forced him to abandon competing at the World Championship. But his success got him the attention of Cannondale and this new opportunity.

“I’ll do the nationals and I’ll have a chat with the selectors and see if I can get a spot for some of the other races and then from there through to June I will be focusing on qualifying for Hawaii as a professional which obviously requires points and targeting races where you get the points to qualify.”

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