Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

November 11, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Grosu wins Tour of Taihu Lake, stage 5; Dimension Data Principal on WorldTour numbers: ‘The right decision was made for cycling’; Italian federation acquits all in ‘pay-to-race’ scheme; Baby Giro returning in 2017; Is a new Chinese WorldTour race in the works?; Opening round of Revolution Series Champions League cancelled; Rally Cycling adds Junior World Time Trial Champion Brandon McNulty; Cylance Pro Cycling completes roster with Marta Tagliaferro; Jan Dieteren making comeback after recovery from cancer; Linus Gerdemann pondering retirement; Julian Dean convicted of drunk driving; Downhill Taxco 2016 Course Preview.

Dimension Data Principal on WorldTour numbers: ‘The right decision was made for cycling’

by VeloClub

The news that the WorldTour will remain at 18 teams next year is a big boost for Team Dimension Data and its Principal Douglas Ryder, who had faced weeks of uncertainty in this area. While his squad had a strong first season in the WorldTour, winning five stages in the Tour de France and taking numerous other wins, the nature of the point system had meant it was sitting 18th out of 18 squads in the end of year ranking. That put it in danger of relegation. Ryder had previously told CyclingTips that he strongly believed the team warranted a place in the WorldTour. Speaking on Wednesday, he gave his reactions to the news and addressed a number of topics. Here is an excerpt:

In the past, you might remember there was a battle with the UCI and ASO over the-then ProTour, which became the WorldTour. The Unibet team suffered then in that conflict. Your team sponsor, Dimension Data, is obviously also a sponsor of the Tour de France. Do you think that is a sort of happy circumstance that helped smooth the discussions between ASO and the UCI and find common ground?

Well look, Dimension Data…the partnership with the ASO, that relationship, is really ethical and very separate to discussions. There was never a conversation which was had around our team sponsor and their technological partnership of the ASO.

I am very close with Dimension Data and they have a good relationship with ASO, of course, but I know that discussion didn’t happen. There wasn’t leverage pulled for that, in any manner or form. It was mentioned in an article recently that it [being left out of the WorldTour] could never happen because they are partners with each other. But I know that conversation didn’t happen.

I think that ASO is ethical around that and I think that Dimension Data wouldn’t do that either.

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