Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 11, 2016

In Thursday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cancellara smashes Rio time trial to take second Olympic gold medal; Experience pays off in gold as Kristin Armstrong wins rainy Olympic time trial; Trentin takes Tour de l’Ain opener; Hosking wins Route de France sprint; WorldTour teams vote to skip the TTT world championships; Human rights group urges UCI to reject Bahrain-Merida team; Giant-Alpecin signs young talent; Possible tensions between Cavendish and Wiggins on eve of track start; Italian anti-doping authorities test under 13 youths; Yorkshire a possible host for European championships; Dan Craven uses Twitter to decide on Olympic TT start; From bobsled track to velodrome; Route de France on-board highlights; Calculate your VO2 max; BMX rider Daniel Dhers rides salt ramps

Giant-Alpecin signs young talent

by CyclingTips

Team Giant-Alpecin is bolstering the young talent of it’s team, signing 19-year-old Lennard Kämna, recognized as one of the biggest time trial talents of his generation. As well, the team has signed 22-year-old German sprinter Phil Bauhaus.

Lennard Kämna Courtesy: Team Giant-Alpecin

“I am glad about my contract at the German Team Giant-Alpecin,” said Kämna. “Based on the good talks that have taken place, I am looking forward to being part of this team. The professional structure and the teamwork philosophy have all been important factors in my final decision. On top of that, the contributions the team does to bring German cycling back on a high international level are very crucial.”

In 2014 he won the German, European and world championships junior titles in the time trial. In 2015, in his first year in the U23 category, he won the German U23 time trial championships and was third at the U23 World championships time trial.

“Lennard is one of the biggest talents out there and we’re excited he has chosen to join us. He has proven to be an excellent time trialist but for sure we also recognize his GC qualities,” coach Marc Reef said. “Together with Lennard we are going to work hard in the next years to get the best out of his abilities and to see in which areas he will be at his best at WorldTour level.

“Next to the signing of Lennard [Kämna] we are pleased to support German talent. From next season onwards thesis possibilities will be expanded with our modern Development Program, as the best of class talented German and international riders are being signed to join did program. This is part of the team’s bigger development pyramid with the German Talent Days as at entrance and the team’s new and high-end Development Program as the gateway to its World Tour Program as the point on the horizon.”