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by Mark Zalewski
December 24, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van der Poel, Vos take wins at Diegem; UK Anti-Doping Agency investigators search British Cycling HQ; British Cycling names new performance director; Van der Haar to return at Heusden-Zolder; Johan Museeuw rides 24 hours for charity; Brian Cookson offers a year in review; Esteban Chaves voted most friendly by media; Sunday Times editor says dooring article was ‘heavy irony’; London truck drivers given cyclist training; Sagan is not good at everything; Happy holidays!
The International Association of Cycling Journalists (AIJC) has voted ORICA-BikeExchange’s Esteban Chaves as the friendliest cyclist of 2016.
At Il Lombardia, the fifth and final of the season’s Monuments, Esteban Chaves took the win from a small group, capping off a brilliant season.
“It is good that a talented Grand Tour rider like Esteban Chaves understands the importance of a having good relation with the media. This prize is also for his Orica-BikeExchange team who helped develop an excellent working relationship with the media throughout the 2016 season,” AIJC president Raymond Kerckhoffs said.
This year the AIJC board selected seven candidates for the most media-friendly rider, team or organisation, from which over 200 members chose Chaves as the winner for 2017.
The Giant-Alpecin team won the most media friendly award in 2015 in recognition of its efforts to work with and assist the media throughout the season.
Longtime cycling journalist John Wilcockson was given the Outstanding Achievement in the field of Cycling Journalism Award.