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by Mark Zalewski
December 6, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Race radios, gran fondos, one-day licenses, and more: USA Cycling announces policy and operational changes for 2017; Azevedo replaces Ekimov as Katusha general manager; Laura Kenny critical of omnium format changes; Wout van Aert happy with current form, despite criticism; Dwars door Vlaanderen adding cobbles, shifting date in 2018; Lotto Soudal announces team rosters; Van Avermaet named top Flemish athlete; Dumoulin, Van der Breggen and Ligtlee nominated for Dutch awards; Aqua Blue Sport unveils team kit; Course construction underway for Cyclocross World Championships; WorldTour riders look back on Revolution Cycling Champions League in London; Teaser for Mayhem documentary.
Two-time Olympic omnium champion Laura Kenny is not happy with the changes the UCI is making to the format of the event, saying that the changes go against history and will result in negative racing.
“I’m all up for change because it keeps training fresh,” she said ahead of the Revolution Series in London’s velodrome on Friday. “But when the UCI made the changes I was gutted. They are ruining the history of it. You won’t be able to look back over the results and compare results. I’m not so sure. It’s learning a new race.”
The UCI cut the pursuit, flying lap and time trial from the omnium and added a 7.5km “tempo race.”
“It’s a weird race,” Kenny said of the tempo race. “Every time you come across the line first you get a point. Is it? Or is it two? I’ve got to do this tomorrow and I don’t even know! I haven’t got a clue! I’ll just be riding around, like ‘what’s happening?’, help me!”
The tempo race awards two points to the leader on each lap, with one to the rider in second place. Gaining a lap on the bunch is worth 20 points.
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