Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 7, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Marianne Vos to return to cyclocross this month; Paralympian Michael Gallagher opens up about his EPO doping: ‘It’s a good thing I got caught’; Future of TJ Sport team uncertain; Doctor presents controversial article on dehydration and climbing power; Niels Albert on van Aert form and a Nys comeback; Tom Van Asbroeck to Cannondale-Drapac; Jason Lowndes signs for Cycling Academy Team; More speculation about 2017 Vuelta route; Louis Vuitton buys Pinarello; JLT–Condor unveils 2017 kit; State of Matter MAAP Racing to fold; Italy’s Strava king, son of doping doctor, trying to turn pro at 38; Cyclist killed by truck ruled accidental due to use of headphones; Jens Keukeleire unique off-season training; Beach racing in Belgium.

Italy’s Strava king, son of doping doctor, trying to turn pro at 38

by CyclingTips

Stefano Cecchini, known as Italy’s Strava king, is trying to turn professional at 38-years-old. He has the fastest Strava times on the Gavia Pass and Rombo Pass, and the second fastest on the Stelvio at four minutes behind Marcel Wyss (IAM Cycling). He is also only one minute off Vincenzo Nibali‘s Giro d’Italia time on the Passo Giau. However,Cecchini is having trouble turning pro as he is the son of controversial doctor Luigi Cecchini.

“In the last three years, I’ve won 10 [gran fondos], all of the important ones,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I already live the life of a pro. If I didn’t do so, I wouldn’t even win one gran fondo. Maybe I’m an idiot to train so much, six days a week and on the rollers, but I like riding so much.”

Doctor Luigi Cecchini trained under EPO king Francesco Conconi and has been associated with doping in the past, with clients such as Jan Ullrich, Tyler Hamilton and Thomas Dekker.

“If someone talks of doping, my response is clear,” Stefano Cecchini said. “They can come and test me when they want. I have nothing to hide. And whoever doesn’t believe in my times can check Strava.

“Teams Nippo-Vini Fantini and Androni were interested, but they are afraid it will cost them their [wildcard] invitations to race the Giro d’Italia. Now, I’m dealing with one top Professional Continental team and one foreign WorldTour team.”

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