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by Mark Zalewski
December 15, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dutch cycling federation launches investigation into harassment as riders speak out; Cadel’s Race gets curtain-raiser crit on Melbourne’s Albert Park F1 circuit; Peter Sagan considering using disc brakes for 2017 Paris-Roubaix; Tiesj Benoot extends with Lotto Soudal until 2019; Ekimov elected as president of Russian Cycling Federation; Team UniSA-Australia names Tour Down Under first four; Geraint Thomas unable to defend Commonwealth Games title; Rohan Dennis still eyeing hour record; Joe Dombrowski’s uphill hour record; Latour breaks finger during training camp; Amador fined for riding on highway; Thieves use cycling apps to target victims; Movistar’s holiday season video.
Geraint Thomas will not be able to defend his Commonwealth Games road title on Australia’s Gold Coast in 2018 because of commitments with Team Sky and the timing of the spring Classics. This will likely be the same for fellow Welshmen Luke Rowe and Owain Doull.
“Unfortunately I think the three of us will be out of it,” said Thomas.
“Where they fall in April is the wrong time for us. Luke and Owain will still have the cobblestone Classics in Belgium, which will be their main target. At the end of the day, Team Sky pay us to race bikes for them and we’ve got to do what they say. Especially as it’s in Australia, it’s not like you can fly in and out over a weekend.”
Thomas said his Commonwealth Games win was a career highlight for him.
“In cycling you hardly get a chance to race for Wales so every chance you do get is amazing and you want to make the most of it. To come away with two medals and win the road race was unbelievable, and something I’ll always consider one of my biggest victories.”
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