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by Mark Zalewski
January 20, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Caleb Ewan asserts Tour Down Under sprint dominance with stage 3 win; The comeback star: Marianne Vos on her stellar cross season and the pure joy of being back; Cookson answers questions at Tour Down Under; Nippo – Vini Fantini manager asks for Italian federation, UCI to intervene in Giro wildcard process; RCS Sport director responds to wildcard selection reactions; Quintana to race Giro-Tour double;Wiggins’ former teammate speaks in defence of TUEs; 15 WorldTour teams for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Gaudry re-elected as President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation; Armstrong enters endurance MTB race with former Postal teammates; Santos Tour Down Under, stage 3 highlights; ORICA-Scott Backstage Pass – Tour Down Under, stage 3; Video: Cyclist has close call with falling tree.
Australian Tracey Gaudry was re-elected unopposed for a second term as President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation. Tony Mitchell (New Zealand) was re-elected to the Oceania Cycling Confederation Executive Committee, while four nations will be represented with three new members Leeanne Grantham (Australia), Patrick Keenan (Fiji) and Eric Tydingco (Guam).
“The Oceania Cycling Confederation has made great progress over the last four years encompassing improved governance, growing membership from four nations to seven, our place on the World Tour Calendar with two events and the re-establishment of women’s UCI races in the region,” said Gaudry. “I’m delighted to be re-elected as President for a second four year term and very exciting that the Executive Committee represents four different nations.”
The Oceania Cycling Confederation AGM also saw the admission of New Caledonia as an Associate Member, joining Australia, Fiji, Guam, New Zealand, Tahiti and Vanuatu as nations.
“To become a member of the Oceania Cycling Confederation is very important for New Caledonian cycling considering our geographical distance from France,” said three-time Olympic champion Fe?licia Ballanger, a New Caledonia delegate.
“Also joining with two big cycling nations in Australia and New Zealand we are hoping the Oceania Cycling Confederation will support us in getting cycling in to the Pacific Games.”