Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

November 24, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chaves to start season at Tour Down Under; One Pro Cycling loses sponsor and Pro Continental status; Brajkovic signs with Bahrain Merida; Wanty-Groupe Gobert signs Lieuwe Westra; Astana unveils 2017 jersey and Argon 18 bikes; Sagan eyes Roubaix victory, hints that he could retire in ‘three, four, five, six years’; CyclingTips Podcast: David Walsh on Armstrong, Team Sky, Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins’ TUEs; Etixx-QuickStep staff wraps up two-day team building exercises; Video: Trailer for Cyclocross World Cup in Zeven, Germany

Etixx-QuickStep staff wraps up two-day team building exercises

by CyclingTips

Etixx-QuickStep staff gathered this week in Durbuy, in the Belgian province of Luxembourg, for a two-day team building exercise which saw 40 of its members divided into six groups and travel to an adventure park, where, assisted by qualified personnel, they took part in a series of activities — from rock climbing to rope exercises to tactical competitions — meant to create a strong bond.

The team building exercises followed a schedule designed by sport director Tom Steels, the man behind Etixx-QuickStep’s victory at the World TTT Championships, and concluded with a barbecue and a beer. This will be followed in December by the team’s traditional winter training camp, during which the foundations for the 2017 season will be laid.

“We had a great time in Durbuy” said Steels. “It was a short team building, but we did a lot of stuff, which is always fun. It’s the off-season, there’s no racing involved, and it was really nice to sit together, give the new guys an opportunity to find their place in the team and just relax, while using the time spent together as starting point for next year.”