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by Mark Zalewski
December 1, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Tour of Flanders route unveiled; Women’s Tour of Flanders route length increased; Strade Bianche courses unveiled; Van Avermaet recovery on-track; Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank announces 2017 Roster; Dygert extends with Twenty16-Ridebiker; SkyDive Dubai riders, staff unpaid; National Lottery sales slump could affect British Cycling funding; Bail denied for driver who fled after allegedly killing cyclist; Taxi driver shoves pro cyclist with bumper; Cyclist assualts Brisbane bus driver; Cycling ‘on’ Clif Bars; Cycling safety with Tour de Celeb’s Louie Spence.
The young American talent Chloe Dygert has extended her contract with the Twenty16-Ridebiker team to the end of 2017. The 19-year-old rode with the team this year but mainly focused on the track ahead of the Rio Olympics, where she won a silver medal in the team pursuit. She also rode on the squad that won the World Championship earlier in the year. Despite a brief road schedule, Dygert placed sixth overall at the Tour of California, winning the young rider classification.
“I’m so blessed to be able to comeback and be apart of Twenty16-RideBiker,” said said Dygert.
“It will be my 4th year with the team and I have learned so much from teammates and staff over these years. Kristin Armstrong will be coaching me in 2017 and I am stoked to see where I can go working with her as a coach. She was there for my first pro race and I was there for her very last. With her focus on the coaching aspect of the team now, I am confident our team can achieve new goals.”
“2016 was a breakout year for Chloe winning an Olympic Silver medal and World Championship in the Team Pursuit,” said sport director said Mari Holden. “We are thrilled to have her rejoin us for 2017 and feel very good about how that supports our up and coming GC rider Leah Thomas, who stepped up in 2016 to show success in any GC situation. We feel confident building our team around the strength of these two key returning players, we also have some talented additions to be announced.”
The team said Dygart’s 2017 schedule will include a limited track schedule, racing in the Los Angeles World Cup in February, followed by the World Championships. Her primary focus will be on the Road National Championships and qualifying for the World Championships road team, hoping to add to her two junior World titles she won in Richmond in 2015.