Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

November 23, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Live coverage of women’s Cadel Evans Road Race, WorldTour status could be next; Rory Sutherland on Quintana and Contador’s similarities, being a team workhorse and more; Investigation finds possible corruption in Ponferrada world championships funding; British Cycling annual report shows ‘tremendous growth’; Four cyclists nominated for Italian athlete of the year; Cadel Evans and George Hincapie to race Cape Epic; Olympic champ Laura Kenny to return to racing in London; Former Irish U23 Jack Wilson ends career; Drunk driver who killed cyclist released from prison early; Local politician ‘attacked’ by squirrel while cycling; 2016 Dutch National Headwind Championships; Cyclocross has gone to the dogs.

Investigation finds possible corruption in Ponferrada world championships funding

by CyclingTips

According to a special investigation, officials with the Spanish city of Ponferrada falsified documents to pay for the 2014 UCI Road World Championships. The event was nearly cancelled amidst the Eurozone economic crisis and financial woes within the country, but ultimately went forward.

Michal Kwiatkowski won the 2014 World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

Michal Kwiatkowski won the 2014 World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

The main allegations are that names for projects relating to the championships were changed by either former mayor Samuel Folgueral or former alderman of Finance, Emilio Cubelos, so that they could be paid for by the city’s water services company Aquona.

“The completion of the works in the agreement forced the company to make an investment of €3 million in improvements and sanitation,” said the PSOE party spokesman, Olegario Ramon.

No members of the opposition USE Bierzo party were in attendance at the press conference, of which then mayor Folgueral was a member.

The municipal improvements that were not made because of the name changes are now needed and the city does not have the €3 million it will cost. The committee said that it will complete its investigation and give its findings to a judge for further action.

Click through to read more at Marca.

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