Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 10, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Boasson Hagen dedicates Dauphiné stage win to injured Dimension Data development rider; Domagalski dominates Tour of Korea stage; Nizzolo wins GP du canton d’Argovie; Commentary: Bahrain prince’s torture allegations too big for cycling to ignore; Lachlan Morton: “I’d like to have another shot at the WorldTour”; Kwiatkowski battles sickness at Dauphine; British MP calls annual parliamentary cycle ride ‘foolish’; Wiggins crashes local cycling club time trial; New bicycle ‘bell’ emails mayor when in danger; Ride of silence for cyclists killed in Michigan; Criterium du Dauphiné stage 4 recap; Chris Froome on failure; Post-ride cookie recipe (and warm-down)

Commentary: Bahrain prince’s torture allegations too big for cycling to ignore

by VeloClub

The Bahrian Cycling Team is set to become reality for 2017, led by Prince HH Shaikh Nasser. However, allegations of torture by the prince have cause many in the cycling community to question whether or not a line should be drawn.

At the same time the sport is struggling to find sources of funding to keep teams afloat, particularly at the top end of the sport. A cost-benefit analysis results in asking ‘how bad is too bad?’

Even though the sport has weathered more than its fair share of scandals in the past, Shane Stokes argues the line must be drawn now:

The sport has certainly had some questionable characters in its past. To name but a couple, in the last decade controversial U.S. businessman Michael Ball set up the Rock Racing Team and signed several returning dopers. He relished in the bad-boy image, for himself and his squad.

There was, it seemed, no such thing as bad publicity.

Oleg Tinkov followed a similar tactic with his Tinkoff Credit Systems team, signing another spate of previously sanctioned riders. He then walked away from the sport, but caused rumbles again when he returned in 2012 and set about creating a stir.

A series of sexist, homophobic and racist tweets — including a jab at U.S. president Barack Obama — have been dismissed by him as just a bit of fun, but have also led to plenty of criticism.

Torture, though; well, if proven, that’s surely something far too big to ignore.

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