Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 15, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Richeze wins tight Suisse sprint; Judge rules that Operacion Puerto blood bags can finally be handed over; UCI, WADA to push for identification of Puerto athletes; Interview: Why Phil Gaimon believes Danielson wasn’t doping; Keagan Girdlestone out of coma and breathing unassisted; Dot watching – The Trans Am and the Tour Divide; Rio velodrome not ready until mid-July; UK Anti-Doping admits failures in Dan Stevens case; Copeland to manage new Bahrain team; Fabio Felline set to return to racing; Chris Anker Sørensen speaks of Tinkoff team exit; Cycling media loses valued member; Leah Kirchman extends with Liv-Plantur; Is cycling more harmful to the environment than a car?; Aviva Women’s Tour Of Britain Preview; Brandon Semenuk pins it for 100 seconds; Danny Van Poppel makes incredible save, is fined by commissaires 

Chris Anker Sørensen speaks of Tinkoff team exit

by CyclingTips

Chris Anker Sørensen says he is in a much better place now, having left the team run by Oleg Tinkov, and is ready to make a return to the Tour de France this July with the Fortuneo–Vital Concept team.

Giro d'Italia 2014, tappa 11: Collecchio - Savona

“I was often blamed for things that are not part of bicycle races, and it certainly was not always fair,” he said.

Sørensen said that the cause of the strife stemmed from him being a core of the team when it was owned by Bjarne Riis, and that when Riis sold the team to Tinkoff he was considered, “persona non grata.”

“I was one of Bjarne’s boys, and therefore I was expendable. Every time Oleg [blamed] us on Twitter or in internal email, there were people who felt the need for passing the buck. Somebody had to end up having to blame. And one of them was me.”

At one point, during a training ride, he said he was close to quitting the sport. “I would rather stop than to continue to work for Tinkov.”

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