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by Mark Zalewski
November 15, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Savio promises legal action after being cleared in ‘pay and ride’ investigation; Former pro who injected son with steroids given lifetime ban; Mikel Landa to lead Sky at Giro; Beñat Intxausti ready to restart in 2017; Georgia Baker completes ORICA-AIS 2017 roster; Caja Rural-Seguros RGA signs Page, extends with Arroyo; Marc Sergeant reflects on highs and lows of 2016; Dutch track riders threaten federation over future of coach; Van Avermaet undergoes surgery from MTB crash; Meares named as third Gold Coast 2018 ambassador; Superprestige Gavere highlights; Happy birthday Bernard Hinault.
Multiple track racers for the Dutch national team have said publicly that they will take action if the contract of their coach, René Wolff, is not renewed after it expires at the end of the calendar year, mid-way through the track season. Wolff’s future with the federation has come into question after his criticism of how the federation allocates funding for the programme.
Elis Ligtlee won the Keirin gold in Rio.
“I’m really afraid if he leaves. I’m very concerned about that,” Elis Ligtlee said at the recent World Cup in Apeldoorn. “Our team has worked for four years with Rene, we really owe so much to him. If it is close, I’m going to interfere with it.”
Ligtlee won the gold in the Keirin at the Rio Olympics, with the Dutch track programme enjoying a lot of success on the world stage since Wolff took over the programme in 2010.
“I only trust in this process with Rene there,” said Laurine van Riessen just after winning bronze in the sprint at the last World Cup. “So I want to make sure that he stays on, otherwise I do not train with the team. He just puts down such a strong programme and there’s still more to come. I hope that they realise it in time. The tenure of René for me is a condition, and I’m pretty sure the rest of the team also thinks so.”
While Wolff has been critical of the new technical director Johan Lammerts, he has recently tempered his comments. “It is not good that Elis says this in public; she responds with emotion,” he said. “There is no internal problem about the intent of the programme, but the interpretation thereof. We know what is needed to grow the programme. Many things are not clear in terms of money, but we are clear about what we want.”
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