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by Mark Zalewski
March 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gullen, Bradbury go 1-2 for JLT Condor on second stage of Tour de Taiwan; Wildcard invites named for Vuelta a España; Sagan critical of Terpstra in Gent-Wevelgem finale, motivated for Flanders; No penalty for Sagan sheltering in Gent-Wevelgem finale; Lotto Soudal looking to turn things around at Three Days of De Panne; Brasilian continental team previously suspended for multiple doping positives again in hot water; Increased security measures for Tour of Flanders; Cancellara talks about life and plans post-retirement; Van Avermaet’s Strava from Gent-Wevelgem win; Direct Energie sponsorship renewed for at least two years; Bus driver who pushed cyclist ordered to pay penalty; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Gent-Wevelgem highlights; Descending on a fixie.
The French ProContinental team Direct Energie has a sponsorship extension for at least two more years, the team announced Monday.
“By continuing with Direct Energie, we remain faithful to our values,” said Jean-René Bernaudeau Manager, Team Direct Energie. “By striving to respect the riders, the families, the partners, the race organizers, we try every day to give an exemplary image of cycling. Direct Energie enthusiastically accompanies us in this vision of the bike, and it has paid off from the start.”
The first year of the sponsorship in 2016 saw the team take 25 wins and boasts popular French riders such as Sylvain Chavanel, sprinter Bryan Coquard and the unparalleled pain face of Thomas Voeckler. The team already has 11 wins thus far, including the overall at last week’s Coppi e Bartali with Lilian Calmejane.
“The most beautiful energy is human energy,” said Xavier Caïtucoli, Chairman and CEO of Direct Energie. “The Direct Energie group has the same ambition, the same sense of challenge as the team. That is why we look forward to another year of this extraordinary human adventure. “