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by Mark Zalewski
January 10, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UK Anti-Doping chairman vows to find out contents of Wiggins’ medical package; Lieuwe Westra announces retirement; Alex Peters to step back from joining Team Sky; Étoile de Bessèges suffering from financial shortfall; Niels Albert: van Aert has plenty of time to left to win; Aqua Blue Sport to donate portion of prize money to Emerald Fund; Nys says no pressure on son following national championship; Possible 2018 UCI Road Worlds course leaked; Isle of Man picked to host 2017 British Road Championships; 2017 US National cyclocross championships highlights.
The Étoile de Bessèges, an early-season stage race held around Bessèges, in the Gard department of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, is currently suffering a budget shortfall, but will still happen, beginning on 1 February.
“We had already experienced difficult years, but not as bad as this,” organiser Roland Fangille told Direct Velo.
“We see that the [local government] lack resources. At the commune level too, yet [the race] is still on.”
The organiser said that the race is short around 40,0000 euros and trying to save money where possible, such as returning to the same housing for multiple nights.
Jérôme Coppel (IAM Cycling) won the 2016 edition of the race.
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