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by Mark Zalewski
February 15, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins Tour of Oman opener; US judge denies Armstrong request, federal whistleblower case headed to jury trial; Tramadol: Why Some Athletes and Experts Want It Banned; Boonen crashes in Oman, okay to start second stage; Chris Hoy: Cycling needs a shake up; Three Days De Panne-Koksijde signs 10 year agreement with events company Golazo; Gent-Wevelgem announces final teams; Merckx: Tour of Qatar unlikely for 2018; Hennie Kuiper searching for infamous photographer; Wout van Aert tops prize money list; Crash in amateur race after elbows thrown; Behind the scenes making a carbon frame; Film: To The Night.
British cycling champion Chris Hoy says that cycling, particularly within Britain, needs a shake up to get past the current scandals and to be able to take advantage of the continued growth in the popularity of the sport.
“You just have to look at the number of people out there on there on bikes who have an interest in cycling,” he said in an interview with Reuters ahead of the Laureus World Sport Awards in Monaco.
“We’ve got the talent coming through. Regardless of the situations that have been arising in the last year, I think it’s the right time for British cycling to have a shake-up anyway. I think it is important that everything, no matter what it is, is brought out in the open and is addressed openly so there is complete transparency and people can see the facts.”
A report on British Cycling is to be published in the coming weeks and is expected to be damaging to the governing body; in particular regarding methods used to achieve high performance results at the Olympic level. Nicole Cooke condemned the organisation in her testimony to the British Parliament.
“It is frustrating and it’s tough when you see the thing that you love, I wouldn’t say tarnished, but certainly having its reputation challenged. I am sure in the long run cycling will continue to grow and flourish – not just in the UK but all around the world.”
Click through to read more at Reuters.