Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 25, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gaviria wins San Juan opener in confusing finish with peloton misdirected; Nicole Cooke critical of British Cycling and UK Anti Doping, questions Team Sky; Behind closed doors at the Tour Down Under with Katusha-Alpecin; Pauwels and van der Poel post doping control forms on social media; Nizzolo nursing knee injury, delays season start; Costs for 2015 Grand Depart city of Utrecht rise again, shortfall nearly 600,000 euros; Irish team for CX nationals after all?; Bart Wellens rides the World Championship course; Dutch sprinter Laurine van Riessen joins Matrix Pro Cycling; Montana lawmaker drafts bill to ban cycling on rural roads; 12th Brompton World Championship announced; CyclingTips to livestream Race Melbourne, the Cadel’s Race curtain-raiser criterium; Motorcyclist, driving in bike lane, meets karma.

Dutch sprinter Laurine van Riessen joins Matrix Pro Cycling

by CyclingTips

Laurine van Riessen announced a complete switch to track cycling, leaving behind a successful career as a speed skater, including a bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She joins a line-up of highly decorated track cyclists in Matrix Pro Cycling including Olympic gold medalists Laura Kenny and Elinor Barker, as well as Paralympic gold medalists Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall.

“Together with Matrix Fitness Benelux and Matrix Pro Cycling, I will get the support I need to achieve my goals as a track cyclist,” she said.

“I have previously worked with Matrix Fitness during my skating career, both in Team Activia and Lotto Jumbo. During our conversations, it soon became clear that my vision matches their team philosophy. Not only do they want to create more opportunities for women’s cycling, but they also value highly sportsmanship and health. They have a clear story and my goal to participate in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo was received with great enthusiasm. I’m very proud to be cycling under the flag of Matrix Pro Cycling from now on.”

“We are delighted to have Laurine as part of the team,” said Stefan Wyman, Manager of Matrix Pro Cycling. “She was launched to fame during the Rio games, when millions of people worldwide, including myself, watched her escape a crash by ‘riding the wall.’

“She is as impressive off the bike as she is on it, and we hope to assist Laurine in creating the optimum pathway to Tokyo 2020. She will be our first track sprinter in our seven-year history, and it’s very exciting for everyone connected with the team to welcome her onboard.”