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by Mark Zalewski
December 6, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Race radios, gran fondos, one-day licenses, and more: USA Cycling announces policy and operational changes for 2017; Azevedo replaces Ekimov as Katusha general manager; Laura Kenny critical of omnium format changes; Wout van Aert happy with current form, despite criticism; Dwars door Vlaanderen adding cobbles, shifting date in 2018; Lotto Soudal announces team rosters; Van Avermaet named top Flemish athlete; Dumoulin, Van der Breggen and Ligtlee nominated for Dutch awards; Aqua Blue Sport unveils team kit; Course construction underway for Cyclocross World Championships; WorldTour riders look back on Revolution Cycling Champions League in London; Teaser for Mayhem documentary.
Cyclists Tom Dumoulin, Anna van der Breggen and Elis Ligtlee are nominees for the Netherlands Olympic Federation*Netherlands Sports Federation (NOF*NSF) sportsman and sportswoman of the year awards.
Anna van der Breggen wins the women’s Olympic road race in Rio.
Dumoulin won the silver medal in the Olympic time trial despite breaking his wrist at the Tour de France a few weeks prior. He had two stage wins at the Tour, including a TT win over Chris Froome and solo breakaway ride in Andorra. He also won the Giro d’Italia prologue and spent multiple days in the Maglia Rosa.
Van der Breggen had an impressive Olympics in Rio, winning the road race and taking bronze in the time trial. The results were made more impressive as she had to come back from a bad crash at the Aviva Women’s Tour earlier in the season. She also won the European road race championship and was runner-up in the time trial. Other top results included a second consecutive Fleche Wallonne win and a podium at the Giro Rosa.
Ligtlee won Keirin in Rio, beating multiple pre-race favourites. The 22-year-old dominated at the U23 European track championships took third in the 500 metre time trial at the elite World Championships.
“2016 was another successful year, with superb performance in Rio and good results at other major events,” said Jeroen Bijl, chair of the jury. “It is always difficult to have to appoint the nominees in each category and there are as usual now passed a lot of good discussions within the jury. Everyone brings thereby bring his own vision and experience. We evaluate, among other criteria such as performance density, the level of an event and the global spread of the sport at top level.”
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