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by Mark Zalewski
January 18, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kirsten Wild wins scorching Santos Women’s Tour finale, Amanda Spratt keeps firm GC hold; Caleb Ewan scorches to victory as extreme heat shortens Tour Down Under stage 1; La Méditerranéenne cancelled; Laura Kenny likely out for track World Championships; Loes Sels asks Belgian coach to only consider her results for worlds selection; CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 22: Changing lives in the off-season with Team Novo Nordisk; Owain Doull suffers appendicitis at Tour Down Under; Aevolo Cycling announces roster, sponsors; Christoph Strasser sets new world record for cycling across Australia; Guinness World Records verifies longest distance ridden by a woman; Video: Men’s Santos Tour Down Under, stage 1 highlights; Crash compilation from Fiuggi World Cup races; Mathieu van der Poel trains in Spain; Bike thief caught in the act on bike camera.
Organisers have cancelled the French stage race La Méditerranéenne, formerly known as the Tour of the Mediterranean, due to a lack of security forces available for the event.
2016 Le Mediterraneenne – stage 4
“The organizing committee of La Méditerranéenne decided to not pursue administrative procedures, definitively canceling the 2017 edition,” the race said via Facebook.
Organisers had already reduced the race from four to two days, with the February race supposed to consist of a road stage and a time trial. However, security concerns over potential terrorism have forced authorities to require public events to add more security, resulting in security forces becoming spread thin.
This cancellation, along with the Tour of Qatar, means there will be a large void during the month of February.
Andrei Grivko (Astana) won the 2016 edition.