Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 13, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: British Cycling funding cut by £4 million; Stig Broeckx continues to make small improvements; Team Smartstop riders finally to get 2015 wages; Niels Albert worries two-man race not exciting enough for spectators; Viacheslav Ekimov nominated for president of Russian Cycling Federation; GreenEdge teams will be ORICA-Scott in 2017; Unitedhealthcare names rosters for 2017; Avanti IsoWhey and SwissWellness merge to create IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness team; Canadian development team Silber reloads with young talent; BMC announces kit, tire sponsorship changes; Field, Payton win cyclocross British Cycling National Trophy; Rider recruited by Wiggins via Instagram; ‘Off the Beaten’ Path adventure cycling film.

Canadian development team Silber reloads with young talent

by CyclingTips

Canadian Continental team Silber Pro Cycling is adding six riders for 2017 for a total of 13. The development-focused team hangs its hat on some key wins in 2016, as well as punching above its weight at the major stage races Tour of Utah and Tour of Alberta.

Will miss some of these guys, but the front of this train is back and our 2017 roster is locked and loaded. #silberbullet

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“I think it is important to recognize that we had wins and stellar performances spanning both the United States and Canada,” said team owner Scott McFarlane. “From California to North Carolina, and from British Columbia to Quebec. The team became well-known throughout the North American cycling community. Our audience grew steadily and was exceptionally engaged. Then, at the end of the season our riders could be seen performing in front of global audiences. They really stepped up!”

As a development team, the ultimate goal is to need to replace talent by graduating riders to the next level, which it did.

“2017 will be a completely new feel for us,” said sports director Gord Fraser. “We’ve graduated most of our core athletes and I’m looking forward to working with the infusion of young talent. We’ll continue to push our veteran riders to achieve loftier goals while nudging our new riders into the professional lifestyle both on and off the bike.”

Though the team is focused on Canadian riders, there will be yankee in their midst next season in Stephen Basset. 33-year-old Ryan Roth will continue to mentor the younger riders as road captain. “I feel really confident in our leadership,” said McFarlane. “With Gord directing the team and Roth at the helm on the road, our riders can feel calmly confident in our tactical acumen. We have a great environment for younger riders to develop within.”