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by Mark Zalewski
July 2, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Preview: What you need to know about the 2016 Tour de France; Sagan promising fireworks as Tour start looms; Bouhanni talks about incident that ended his Tour de France before it started; Cummings calls for British Cycling coach removal after Olympic snub; Female Trans America endurance racer out to break cycle of prejudice; Orica-AIS signs young talent for rest of 2016; Shimano acquires helmet brand Lazer; Sven Nys opens cycling center; The art of the wheel: Remembering Donald Trump’s unconventional foray into American cycling; “Beyond The Race” – Pursuing the Tour de France: The Dream of Adam Yates; Tour de France 2016: Meet the teams; 2016 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup; Peter Sagan “introduces” his team for the Tour de France; Greeting riders at the end of a Tour stage in 1927
The drama over Rio Olympic selections continues as Steve Cummings, who races professionally for the Dimension Data team, called for British Cycling’s road race coach Rod Ellingworth to be removed due to a ‘conflict of interest’ because of his involvement with Team Sky.
Four of the five road race slots went to Sky riders. Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh, Adam Yates and Ian Stannard make up the British team.
“I think we need a new coach because of a conflict of interest,” he told Cyclingnews. “That’s my opinion and maybe I’ll never ride for GB again but if that’s the way it is, then that’s the way it is. If you win the races I’ve won this year, in the way I’ve won them, and you don’t get picked then you might as well say what you think.
“I criticise the coach. I criticise the tactics, I criticise the selection criteria, and I criticise British Cycling.”
British Cycling responded, saying, “The decision on who is nominated to represent Great Britain for major events is made by a selection panel. The panel consider recommendations from coaches but the coaches do not make the nomination decisions.”
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