Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 31, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Durbridge narrowly takes TT win ahead of sprinters as Gilbert wins overall at De Panne; Kittel wins third road stage at Three Days of De Panne; Jones wins final stage of Tour de Taiwan, Prades takes overall; Kittel: Absolutely no doubt that disc brakes will play a role in the future of cycling; Flanders race jury president to focus on footpath riding infractions; Greg Daniel crashes at De Panne, revealing existing broken collarbone; Cookson insisted on contributing to report on British Cycling; UCI allows Tour of Turkey to postpone to the fall; Sagan criticised for push on Kemmelberg; Elinor Barker focusing on UCI Time Trial Championship in 2017; Rumours of Tour of Britain stages circulating; Acquisition of Pinarello by LVMH-backed private equity firm complete; Video: Cycling Chile and Bolivia – A wild adventure.

Elinor Barker focusing on UCI Time Trial Championship in 2017

by CyclingTips

Welsh cyclist Elinor Barker and Matrix Pro Cycling are focusing on the UCI World Time Trial Championships in Bergen this year, and are developing a special programme towards that goal. The 22-year-old is accomplished on both the track and road. She is both a world and Olympic champion as well as Commonwealth Games medallist and a world record holder.

“Elinor chose Specialized bikes and equipment as part of her 2017 program and we are very proud to partner with her and her team,” said William Watt of Specialized UK. “Elinor has an incredible talent, an open mindedness and strong professionalism towards her preparation and development. We have a great opportunity to work effectively together towards delivering best performance and achieving her goals this season, ultimately the Individual Time Trial at the World Championships in Bergen.”

Cyclefit Manchester is providing bike physiology and also physiotherapy. “We love a project at Cyclefit, we always have. Add in a splash of adventure and audacity and we couldn’t be happier,” said Phil Cavell, Director at Cyclefit.

“Elinor is one of the most engaged professional cyclists we have ever worked with. In that sense she embodies our own ethic that pro riders have a fundamental responsibility to ‘own their positions’. This means ranging with us far and wide –- strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, podiatry. As well as contunual fits and re-fits in a relentless pursuit of increased watts per kilogram. Luckily Elinor is as intellectually curious as we are and will happily devote hours in the collegiate pursuit of speed.”