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by Mark Zalewski
July 27, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Teuns wins Tour de Wallonie as BMC takes third stage win; Q&A with Jonathan Vaughters: Cannondale-Drapac ‘pulled off something incredible’ at Tour de France; Katusha-Alpecin extends with Kochetkov, Belkov; Cretti’s condition slowly improves following crash; Sky set to sign Baby Giro winner Sivakov; Movistar announces Vuelta shortlist; Canberra plans to celebrate Matthews’ green jersey victory; Petition circulating to ban cyclists from highways following cyclist death; Sagan shaves head; British man taking elderly for bike rides; Froome helps fan propose marriage; Video: The Ride; Video: La Thuile Superenduro.
Cycling ACT has started plans to honour Sunweb’s Michael Matthews’ Tour de France green jersey with an exhibition ride as part of the National Capital Tour, September 23-24, with the hope that his presence could increase participation in the sport.
Matthews– the third Australian winner of the green points jersey.
“I think we would get a lot of people who don’t necessarily race coming out who would be pretty motivated to see Michael and see the jersey,” Cycling ACT president Lisa Keeling told the Canberra Times.
“He is in a lot of ways [a poster boy] for cycling. He’s not from a cycling family; his [high school physical education teacher] basically said he’s got a lot of potential and that’s why he started riding.
“He’s pretty inspirational and it just goes to show that anything’s possible. I think there would be a lot of kids out there who would tap into that sort of story and think that perhaps cycling is something that they would be interested in.”
‘Bling’ is still firming up his racing schedule for the second-half of the season which will inform the final plans for the celebration.
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