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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.
Jason Lowndes will follow fellow Australian Zak Dempster on the Israeli Cycling Academy team in 2017, as the team ascends to the ProContinental level.
“I have signed for Cycling Academy and I am pretty happy to stay ProContinental,” Lowndes said.
With Drapac merging with Cannondale, some riders were left looking for new spots. Lowndes wanted to at least stay pro and ideally stay on the same level, something he worked into his team negotiations.
“A goal was to stay professional. To be honest, coming into Worlds, it wasn’t looking good. I talked to a lot of teams who were interested but they would just give me the ‘no deal’.
“Thankfully a Canadian team Silber offered me a contract, it was a good one, and they put a clause in it that if I was to be offered a contract from a Pro-Continental team before November 1, I could freely take that and they would rip up the Silber contract.”
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