Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 15, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dutch cycling federation launches investigation into harassment as riders speak out; Cadel’s Race gets curtain-raiser crit on Melbourne’s Albert Park F1 circuit; Peter Sagan considering using disc brakes for 2017 Paris-Roubaix; Tiesj Benoot extends with Lotto Soudal until 2019; Ekimov elected as president of Russian Cycling Federation; Team UniSA-Australia names Tour Down Under first four; Geraint Thomas unable to defend Commonwealth Games title; Rohan Dennis still eyeing hour record; Joe Dombrowski’s uphill hour record; Latour breaks finger during training camp; Amador fined for riding on highway; Thieves use cycling apps to target victims; Movistar’s holiday season video.

Ekimov elected as president of Russian Cycling Federation

by CyclingTips

Viatcheslav Ekimov was elected president of Russian Cycling Federation after the other nominee, Moscow businessman Alexander Vinokurov [no relation to the pro cyclist], withdrew from the race.

“In 2010 I put forward a candidacy, with my attempt carried only by my adventurist character,” said Ekimov.

“Since then it has been six years, I have gained experience of administrative work. My nomination this time is serious and informed. Thank you all for the support of regional representatives — this is for me a great responsibility. Separately, I thank the support and kind words of Alexander Vinokurov.”

The three-time Olympic champion most recently served as general manager of the Katusha team, but stepped back from the role to be able to spend more time with family. He remains with the Katusha management committee dealing with sponsor relations.

Ekimov has a contentious past, having ridden for Lance Armstrong’s US Postal teams during the now scandal-plagued years, and named by whistleblower Floyd Landis as having received blood transfusions while on the US Postal team. Ekimov’s move to Katusha in 2012 was part of the rationale the UCI used to deny the team a WorldTour license on the basis of ethical reasons in relation to a string of doping violations. However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the UCI ruling.

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