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by Mark Zalewski
January 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Costa wins in mountains, Mollema moves into lead at Vuelta a San Juan; Gaviria doubles wins in Vuelta a San Juan, stage 4; Wellens makes it two for Lotto-Soudal at Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana; Hidden motor inventor says he received $2 million in 1998 for exclusivity deal; “I can’t get my head around it:” Cavendish says worlds result still hard to understand; Women’s cyclocross worlds: the highly anticipated finale to a stellar season; Trek CXC Cup elevated to World Cup status, will offer equal payout for men’s and women’s events; UCI releases 2017-18 cyclocross calendar, changes to World Cup; Vuillermoz out with back injury after car crash; Philadelphia Classic cancelled for 2017; Irvine’s racing return delayed due to UCI testing pool requirements; Cylance sponsors The Women’s Tour and The Tour of Britain; Drunk driver given 10 days in jail for killing cyclist; USA Cycling partners with Bike Law; Indoor velodrome planned for Detroit; Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race trailer; Video: Amateur was predicted to beat world champ at 2016 Trek CX Cup.
Former world scratch race champion Martyn Irvine has expressed disappointment after learning that his return to racing will be delayed under UCI rules. Irvine retired from the sport last January but then had a change of heart. A two year contract with the new Aqua Blue Sport team was announced on October 3, and since then he has been working hard in advance of his debut with the team. However on Friday the squad said that UCI testing rules required that all those coming back from retirement should be in the testing pool for six months. Irvine will be unable to compete until April.
“I was really looking forward to getting on the road with Aqua Blue Sport,” the Ards rider said to CyclingTips on Friday. “I’m really disappointed about missing the early season races. Unfortunately it is just a matter of timing from when I signed with the team.
“These anti-doping rules have to be followed and there is nothing that can be done. I’m still putting in the miles training and I expect to be back racing in April.”
In a team statement Aqua Blue Sport explained the situation as it pertains to Irvine.
“The UCI Rules and Regulations Governing Anti-Doping in Sport contained in Part 14 Anti-Doping Rules, 5.7.1 Retired Riders Returning to Competition states: ‘If a Rider in the UCI Registered Testing Pool retires in accordance with the UCI Testing & Investigations Regulations and then wishes to return to active participation in sport, the Rider shall not compete in International Events until the Rider has made himself or herself available for Testing, by giving six months prior written notice to the UCI.”
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