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by Mark Zalewski
April 27, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Albasini wins first climbing stage at Tour de Romandie; Gilbert healing well, will lead his namesake event; Jurgen Van de Walle wins back compensation case against team; Van Avermaet downplays Worlds chances, tips Kristoff and says Belgium should host; BMC to start reduced squad at Tour de Yorkshire; Costa leading UAE Team Emirates in hunt for stage wins at Giro; BORA-Hansgrohe roster for Giro; Former Iranian champ suspended for more than seven years for doping; Driver who killed elderly cyclist and returned as bystander given suspended sentence; Video: Inside a Keirin Race – 360 video; Video: CYCLE – Alps 2 Ocean.
The Labor Court of Ghent has entered a verdict against the Omega Pharma-Lotto cycling team, now known as Lotto-Soudal, regarding compensation to former rider Jurgen Van de Walle. Van De Walle, who retired several years ago, rode with the team from 2011 to 2013, also known as Lotto-Belisol. Van De Walle alleged that in that period the rules regarding group insurance were not properly applied.
The dispute covers two calendar years with compensation totaling around 56,000 euros for the first year and a similar amount for the second.
While not a substantial amount by itself, there is a likelihood that fellow riders of Van de Walle could also go to court seeking payments. If that happens it threatens to become a heavy financial loss for the team and its sponsor, the National Lottery.
However the team said this is an isolated case and that all the rider contracts were legally changed.
Van De Walle is now race director of the Three Days of De Panne-Koksijde.
Click through to read more at Het Nieuwsblad.