Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

November 30, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jack Bobridge forced into early retirement; More reactions to team size reduction plan; Roland Liboton: ‘Wout van Aert should be worried’; FDJ moving forward with women’s programme addition; Tour de France to race on Tro-Bro Léon roads in 2018?; Ghent-Wevelgem retires bib 192 for Antoine Demoitié; Louis Vuitton in talks to buy Rapha; Descending the Stelvio with no handlebars or brakes; Police seize $100k of bikes in Gold Coast town; ‘Tour de Celeb’ cycling reality TV show kicks-off; Video: Behind the scenes of Roadtripping Bali; Revolution Cycling Champions League Manchester highlights; Emu attacks cyclist.

FDJ moving forward with women’s programme addition

by CyclingTips

The women’s team that is partnering with the men’s FDJ WorldTour programme will be known as FDJ New Aquitaine-Futuroscope for 2017. Team manager Stephen Delcourt said the goal is to compete with the best on the Women’s WorldTour, aiming for top-ten after finishing 13th this year. The team will have the same equipment as the men including Lapierre bikes and a similar style team kit.

“This team was created eight years ago with a 30,000 euro budget,” he said. “FDJ becoming our title sponsor is increasing last year’s budget by 20 percent.”

Six full-time riders include French sprinter Roxane Fournier, Aude Bihanic, Charlotte Bravard, Roxane Knetemann, Eri Yonamine of Japan and Australia’s Shara Gillow who rode for Rabo-Liv in 2016. They will be joined by six younger riders who will combine their racing with university studies. Delcourt said that the increase in budget will help him make the team like that of the top teams, and that will result in women’s racing becoming more sponsor-able.

“The Boels-Dolmans team crushed the season and won everything. It has the last two world champions. It is a structure like that of men with more than one million Euro budget and all the girls are paid full time.

“We need two years of testing and if our sponsors want to accompany us, we want to be ready to compete with the large teams. We wish our riders have the same financial and technical resources as the men. Then we will see women’s cycling become more attractive.”

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