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by Mark Zalewski
November 26, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Top race organisers reduce team and peloton sizes in Grand Tours, Classics and other events; Provisional Australian NRS calendar released for 2017: Four races added, two return; UCI officially issues WorldTour, ProContinental licenses; WADA publishes 2015 testing report; WADA suspends Mexico City lab; Russian Paralympic Committee given long list of rules for reinstatement by IPC; CANYON//SRAM announces 2017 roster; An Post-ChainReaction solidifies roster; Former NFTO team loses title sponsor, in jeopardy of closing; Former pro found guilty after race crash caused rider death; Death of British cyclist who fell off cliff in Pyrenees ruled accidental; Cyclist breaks Billie Fleming’s 77-year-old record; Best of the 2016 UCI Women’s WorldTour.
A Swiss court found a former professional cyclist guilty of causing the death of another rider during an amateur race. The unnamed defendant was given a suspended one-year prison sentence and ordered to pay a total of 400,000 Swiss Francs (€371,255) to the family of the victim and to three other riders who were injured.
The crash happened in June of 2014 during an amateur race held as part of Gippingen cycling week in northern Switzerland.
A group was descending and the 52-year-old defendant, described as a former professional cyclist who had twice participated in the Tour de Suisse, attempted to overtake a rider, causing him to crash.
Two other riders behind also crashed, one of whom, a 36-year-old man from Zurich, later died of his injuries.
The court found the defendant guilty of negligent homicide, rejecting the more serious reckless homicide charge, saying that the action was not at all deliberate.
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