In today’s Daily News Digest: Bjerg beats McNulty to win under 23 world TT title; Pirrone wins junior world championship time trial; Wiasak and Cavanagh take Amy’s Otway Tour success; Giro d’Italia confirms 2018 start in Israel; Van Vleuten extends contract with Orica-Scott; Van Baarle joins Team Sky; Contador’s Polartec-Kometa Continental team names first eight riders; Elinor Barker Returns to Wiggle High 5; Obree to sell medals, Beastie bike and other memorabilia at auction this week; Rooderkerken grabs the Human Powered Speed Title and Dutch record in Battle Mountain, Slappendel places second; Video: Hotter’n Hell Hundred 2017 Mini-Doc; Video: Cycling around the world in 80 days – BBC News; Video: Worst Retirement Ever Short – Pepperdine Hill KOM, with data
Bjerg and Pirrone take world TT titles, Israel start confirmed for Giro: Daily News Digest
After two years away from Wiggle High 5 in pursuit of qualifying for the Olympics, Elinor Barker is set to return to the British-registered team. Since her departure, the 23-year-old has become an Olympic and World Champion on the track. After refocusing on the road this year, Barker was selected to represent Great Britain in the Bergen World Championships as well, and will compete in the time trial and the road race.
“As our first confirmed signed athlete for 2018 I am extremely proud and excited to be welcoming Elinor back to the team which she helped create back in 2013, along with Laura Trott, Jo Rowsell and Dani King,” said DS Rochelle Gilmore. “Our British registered team experienced a rapid and overwhelming growth of fan support during our first years. Elinor Barker was one of the World Class athletes who trusted a new organisation to support her career.”
“I’m honoured and humbled to have her, now as an Olympic Champion, choosing to rejoin Wiggle High5 in order to further support her future aspirations.”
Looking ahead, Barker will still compete on the Track in 2018 and has aspirations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “2018 for me is set to be pretty busy,” she commented. “Between my winter track programme and the World champs, Commies and Euros through the spring and summer, I plan to get in as much racing as possible in with Wiggle High5.
“I’m excited to step up to World Tour level and to start ticking off some bucket-list races.”