Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 4, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Rowe solos to stage 2 Sun Tour win, Howson retains yellow despite late puncture; Magnus Cort Nielsen wins sprint finish at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Calmejane wins Etoile de Bessèges stage, takes over lead; Two sides to every story: Grivko shares account of Dubai skirmish with Kittel that led to expulsion; Organisers shorten then cancel Dubai Tour stage over high winds; Brailsford responds to Cooke’s allegations; Cholet Pays de Loire race cancelled for 2017; Citing lack of team participation, Tour of Turkey seeks to postpone to fall; Is cycling globalisation spreading teams too thin?; Van der Poel eyeing mountain bike races again for 2017; Rossignol acquires Felt Bicycles; Die-in demonstration planned for British Treasury; Routes announced for 2018 Commonwealth Games road events; Backstage Pass: Jayco Herald Sun Tour, stages 1-3.

Cholet Pays de Loire race cancelled for 2017

by CyclingTips

Another French race has been cancelled for 2017, the one-day Cholet Pays de Loire race, due to an apparent dispute between organisers and local authorities. This comes on the heels of La Méditerranéenne and Critérium International both cancelling.

François Faglain, the chairman of the organising committee, confirmed the cancellation of the 40th edition of the race to Ouest France.

“The UCI asked us to make a decision before 3 February … both for the UCI but also for the teams,” said Faglain.

The race web site posted an update in November that said “The Organizing Committee of Cholet Pays de Loire is still waiting for the 2016 grant from the city of Cholet. The 2017 edition may be compromised if it is not paid.”

Faglain did not say if the race would be back for 2018. La Méditerranéenne was cancelled this year due to a lack of forces available to provide security, but could return next year. The ASO, organisers of the Critérium International, pulled the plug entirely from that historic race.

Click through to read more at Ouest France.