Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 16, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Trek-Segafredo convinced Tour de France win is still within Contador’s reach; With an eye to the future, Mollema targets Giro and commits to Contador in 2017 Tour; Bart Wellens on transition to managing a team; Stijn Vandenbergh ready for Roubaix; Rob Peeters out with flu; George Bennett diagnosed with mononucleosis; Matthew Busche announces retirement; Wegmann retires after 15 seasons; Matteo Tosatto on retirement: ‘I will not beg for a contract’; Compton, Hyde win USA Cycling Pro CX titles; Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 route announced; Cyclist attempting to cycle around Britain abandons attempt; Practice the post-up before winning.

Cyclist attempting to cycle around Britain abandons attempt

by CyclingTips

Guy Martin, the motorcycle racer and TV personality who was attempting to set a record for cycling around Britain, abandoned his attempt due to an injury.

His goal was to cycle the 4,802-mile coastal route in 20 days, besting the current record of 22 days set by Nick Sanders in 1984. However, he injured his Achilles tendon early on and was never able to recover.

“I badly pulled my Achilles tendon on the left side after a day or so but thought Id just get my head down and work through it,” he wrote.

“I kept good miles up and got to John O’Groats from Grimsby in 4 days and 8 hours, about 800 miles. But my leg was getting worse and I thought I could keep going and maybe do the whole lot in 30 days but I knew I’d be jiggered for a long time after and maybe even have serious long-term damage, which would mean I couldn’t do the serious cycle trip I’ve got in my head for next year.”

“Thanks very much for the support, loads of folk wishing me well and that was mega.”

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