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by Mark Zalewski
November 26, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Top race organisers reduce team and peloton sizes in Grand Tours, Classics and other events; Provisional Australian NRS calendar released for 2017: Four races added, two return; UCI officially issues WorldTour, ProContinental licenses; WADA publishes 2015 testing report; WADA suspends Mexico City lab; Russian Paralympic Committee given long list of rules for reinstatement by IPC; CANYON//SRAM announces 2017 roster; An Post-ChainReaction solidifies roster; Former NFTO team loses title sponsor, in jeopardy of closing; Former pro found guilty after race crash caused rider death; Death of British cyclist who fell off cliff in Pyrenees ruled accidental; Cyclist breaks Billie Fleming’s 77-year-old record; Best of the 2016 UCI Women’s WorldTour.
CANYON//SRAM Racing announced its roster for the 2017 season. Along with Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, all nine riders from the 2016 roster are returning, with the final spot awarded to the Zwift Academy project winner.
“We had a strong presence in our first year and represented our partners with podium success, widespread media exposure, as well the implementation of fresh ideas for our sport,” said Director Sportif Beth Duryea.
“However we’re all about looking forward. We want to be better, we want to create more fans globally, and we want to inspire more women to experience the beauty of cycling. With our core group that have learned a lot together this year, our new riders, and the invaluable support from our innovative partners, we are confident of a successful year in 2017.”
Hannah Barnes, Elena Cecchini and Mieke Kröger all return as national road champions. Alexis Ryan, Lisa Brennauer, Alena Amialiusik, Barbara Guarischi, Tiffany Cromwell and Trixi Worrack complete the returning riders. Worrack is especially looking forward to next season after an injury-plagued season. “I definitely wasn’t expecting to have such a serious injury this year that required so much time off,” said Trixi Worrack. “I’m hoping to stay in good shape all season and we’re aiming for a stronger team performance.”
The final rider for CANYON//SRAM Racing will come from the Zwift Academy project that will be announced at a later date. Three finalists from the Zwift Academy will join the team for the final stage at the December training camp in Mallorca, Spain. One of these riders will then be offered a professional contract and will complete the team’s roster for 2017.