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by Mark Zalewski
December 3, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: No more podium girls at Tour Down Under; A review of the professional cyclist union; Froome feared a broken back after Tour crash; Tour de Yorkshire route announced; Kjell Carlström to direct Cycling Academy team; Drapac Pat’s Veg Holistic development team; Holowesko-Citadel team adds four in 2017; Australian women’s Team Roxsolt evolving; No positive doping tests from 2016 Vuelta; Will Routley announces retirement; New research into bike saddles and erectile dysfunction; Cyclist ID law overturned; Riders on the Revolution Cycling Champions League London; Boiler Rollers – Teaser.
The Drapac Pat’s Veg Holistic Development Team announced its roster for the 2017 season. The team also serves as the development programme for the Cannondale-Drapac WorldTour team.
The Australian-based UCI Continental team requires its riders to pursue university degrees or professional certifications, in addition to racing. In addition to an early season in Australia, the team will also compete in Europe later in the season.
“Michael and I share the same philosophy regarding athlete development. Results are important, sure, but so is offering a racer the chance to pursue education and personal development outside of the sport,” said Jonathan Vaughters, the CEO of Slipstream Sports and head of the Cannondale-Drapac team.
“You can identify WorldTour level talent while at the same time allowing these riders time to take classes and explore their options not only as bike racers. I think the element of having physical and intellectual focuses can actually help in terms of performance.”
The team will start the season at the Australia Road National Championships in January before racing at Australia’s oldest stage race, the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in February.