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by Matt de Neef
November 20, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Van der Poel and Cant victorious in round 4 of the CX World Cup; Getting TUEs was a legitimate competitive tactic – Shane Sutton; Nibali and Gaviria expected to headline 2018 Tour of San Juan; Jakob Fuglsang to target the Tour in 2018; Louis Meintjes to switch focus to the Giro d’Italia in 2018; French Army team to fold; 1000 bikes discovered in California bunker; Brawl erupts on Melbourne train over bikes.
The French military’s cycling team, the Armee de Terre Continental outfit, has confirmed that it will fold at the end of this season. Instead of funding a Continental team, the French Ministry of Armed Forces will instead focus on developing amateur athletes in the lead up to the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games.
The Armee de Terre kit is among the most recognisable in the world of cycling.
The French newspaper Le Parisien reports that riders were summoned to their barracks on Friday and told the news. The team has said it will honour any existing contracts for 2018.
The Armee de Terre team started racing in 2012 and joined the Continental ranks in 2015. The team scored 20 victories in the 2017 season, making it the European Tour’s most successful Continental team. In fact, it was ranked ninth on the European team rankings, placing it ahead of many Pro Continental outfits.
The team is made up of members of the French army and is famous for its camouflage kit. Julian Alaphilippe is among the riders to have ridden for the team before joining the professional ranks.
Follow the link to read more at Le Parisien.