Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 17, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dan Martin wins Volta ao Algarve stage, takes over lead; Pinot wins Ruta del Sol queen stage, Contador assumes lead; Anderson wins Tour of Oman, stage 3; Not above bottle duty: Amalie Dideriksen’s year ahead in the rainbow stripes; Dunbar poised to seize chances heading into year two with Axeon Hagens Berman team; Jens Keukeleire hit by car while training in Spain; Mitchelton-Scott signs young Australian talents; Two climbs planned for Tokyo 2020 road race circuit; Reports: Meeusen to join van der Poel on Beobank-Corendon; Klaas Vantornout remains with Marlux-Napoleon Games; Too early for Pidcock at WorldTour level; Paolini signs with pro mountain bike team; Erkki Punttila – Not Far From Home.

Klaas Vantornout remains with Marlux-Napoleon Games

by CyclingTips

Despite telling Sporza that he believed his team would exercise an early termination to his contract, Klaas Vantornout will remain with Marlux-Napoleon Games, as team manager Jurgen Mettepenningen and Vantornout agreed to continue for the final year of his contract.

“A solid argument does not always lead to a divorce,” the team said in a statement.

“We were both said we were sorry about what happened this weekend while talking during our appointment,” said Mettepenningen. “My respect and gratitude for what Klaas has done over the last nine years for our team has always remained high. And that’s why I’m glad we came to a new agreement, so that Klaas can continue his career with us. We both feel good about it.”

“I have always felt good in this team,” said Vantornout. “The team management, my teammates, the entourage, we all hang out together. That’s why I’m so glad we can continue together.

“I spoke today with Jurgen about what was said this weekend, and being mature it’s forgive and forget. We can start with a clean slate in my tenth year with the team, and that’s a great relief.”