In today’s Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins third Eschborn-Frankfurt; Alarcón takes double success in Vuelta Asturias; Williams, Ryan win Dana Point GP events in California; Bouhanni recovering from ‘big concussion’; Incredulity about new Giro d’Italia competition; Six-week suspension for Moscon over racist abuse; Quintana’s backup named for Giro d’Italia; Orica-Scott takes on ‘tricky mix’ with team goals for Giro d’Italia; Kruijswijk targeting podium or better Giro d’Italia; Geoghegan Hart pays tribute to former teammate Young; UCI suspends Continental Team Elkov-Author Cycling; Tracey Gaudry appointed CEO of the Hawthorn Football Club; Simon Jones speaks about new Cycling Australia role as High Performance Unit Director; Stars of the future?
Your Tuesday Daily News Digest
The news that the Giro d’Italia will introduce a competition this year to identify and reward the fastest descender in the peloton has been met with incredulity and criticism, with professional riders and cycling fans alike questioning the wisdom of such a move.
Just three days after young American rider Chad Young died from injuries he sustained in a downhill crash at the Tour of the Gila, news emerged about the competition.
New for 2017, Giro has prize for best descender sponsored by Pirelli. Riders timed on 10 segments. Prize + points, & overall winner in Milan
— the Inner Ring (@inrng) May 1, 2017
Given Young’s passing, the death of Wouter Weylandt on a descent in the 2011 Giro and other such fatalities in bike races over the history of the sport, incentivising deliberately fast descending by riders has been questioned.
One of those critical of the move is Jasper Stuyven, who competes with the Trek-Segafredo team. It employs Weylandt’s sister Elke as chief press officer.
— Jasper Stuyven (@Jasperstuyven) May 1, 2017
Team LottoNL-Jumbo rider Jos Van Emden was another who was unimpressed.
— Jos van Emden (@josvanemden) May 1, 2017