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by Mark Zalewski
December 9, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: British Cycling investigation cleared Sutton of eight of nine charges; British government to bail out UK sport after shortfall; Herning to host 2017 European Road Cycling Championships; Geraint Thomas calls Wiggins’ TUE controversy a grey area; Storey says British Cycling controversies not a distraction; Gerrans to race Herald Sun Tour; Sun Tour Falls Creek finish extended to the resort; Pellizotti signs with Bahrain-Merida; Coach says Wiggins has enough for one more Olympics; Olympians headline Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals races; Pavlukhina signs with Astana Women’s Team; Police use audio from incident that killed cyclist in anti-drink driving campaign; Boardman calls for overhaul of British Highway Code; Woman rides high-wheel across America; Vancouver’s Multi-Modal Success Story; Bikepacking Vietnam: The Documentary.
The Danish city of Herning was named host of the 2017 European Road Cycling Championships, the second edition of the event. Peter Sagan won the men’s championship and Anna van der Breggen took the women’s title in the inaugural event.
“Yet another large-scale cycling-event has been secured for Denmark, and yet again in a sport where Denmark has proud traditions and great results,” said Sport Event Denmark director Lars Lundov. “Previously Denmark has hosted World Championships on the road, on the track and in BMX, as well as the World Championships for amateurs last year. Now it is time for a great experience for the people of Denmark and a spectacular event in central Jutland.”
“Herning’s experience as the number one cycling-city in Denmark for the hosting of major sporting events totally convinced us that this would be the ideal location to organise an important and prestigious event like the Road European Championships,” said UEC President David Lappartient.
The championships were controversial this year with some team managers critical of adding yet another race to what they consider an already-full calendar, causing logistical and financial problems for teams.
In addition to the road event, the 2017 European Track Championships will take place in Berlin, the Mountain Bike event will be in Istanbul, the BMX championships in France and cyclocross in Tabor, Czech Republic. It was also confirmed that the European Downhill Mountain Bike Championships will take place in Sestola, Italy in May and the Marathon Championships in Slovakia on August 13. Two new events were added to the UEC development calendar for 2017 — the European Beach Mountain Bike Championships in The Hague in December and the Mountain Bike Ultra Marathon at the Aiguestortes National Park, set for July in Spain.
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