Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 14, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Warbasse takes his and Aqua Blue Sport’s first pro win on stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse; Hamilton and Areruva win stages on day five of Under 23 Giro d’Italia; UCI suspends Bardiani-CSF team over double positives; Bardiani-CSF unhappy with sanction but says it won’t appeal; Movistar Team announces Tour de France shortlist; French anti-doping officials suggest cycling is moving in the right direction; Kittel to discuss contract with QuickStep Floors boss Lefevere; Taylor Phinney on how meditation has changed him; Selections announced for 2017 MontanaCrossCamp, including first women’s camp; Stan’s NoTubes announces Avion R Pro rim-brake carbon road wheelsets; Video: Top 10 WTF moments in cycling

Kittel to discuss contract with QuickStep Floors boss Lefevere

by VeloClub

As speculation over the future backing of the QuickStep Floors team continues, German sprinter Marcel Kittel has been linked with a possible transfer to the Katusha-Alpecin team. However Het Nieuwsblad reports that his current team manager Patrick Lefevere will negotiate with him in the coming days, a discussion which will influence where he ends up.

“I agreed with Marcel that we will be sitting down together during the Star ZLM Toer,” said Lefevere, referring to the June 14-18 race. “Marcel has assured me that he will not make a decision on his future before then.”

Lefevere has criticised media suggestions that a number of the team’s riders could leave because he has still not nailed down a new sponsors for 2018 and beyond. Reports had said that Kittel, Philippe Gilbert and Julian Alaphilippe were all looking for increases in their salary and that there was not enough in the pot to keep them all. On Twitter, Lefevere slammed the rumours.

According to Het Nieuwsblad, Dan Martin looks set to stay. It also says that Lefevere has received a call from Jakob Fuglsang’s manager, Moreno Nicoletti. Fuglsang is in the final year of his contract with Astana and won two stages plus the overall classification in the Critérium du Dauphiné.

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