Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 4, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Ewan, Allen victorious on stage 3 of the Bay Crits; Scandolara, Bibby win overall; Clearing obstacles: Kaitie Antonneau’s journey from depression to self-acceptance; Thomas Dekker’s former manager alleges extortion in lawsuit; Belgian cyclocross championship course controversy; Niels Albert responds sharply to course modification furor; Laurens Sweeck questionable for Belgian championships; Talansky breaks thumb in training crash; Porte to headline BMC’s Tour Down Under squad; Paris-Nice unveils 2017 course; Wiggins joins winter sports-based reality TV show; Dutch cycling beer coming to Tour Down Under; Video: Aqua Blue Sport Pro Cycling; Jens Voigt ‘Everests’ Teufelsberg Hill for charity.

Laurens Sweeck questionable for Belgian championships

by CyclingTips

Laurens Sweeck (ERA Circus) is suffering from illness and his team issues a press release calling his participation in this weekend’s Belgian championship “doubtful.”

Bredene - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Van Aert Wout (BEL) of Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace celebrates the win in front of Sweeck Laurens (BEL) of Era - Circus during the men’s elite Bingoal Brico cyclocross race of Bredene on December 30

Laurens Sweeck finished a close second to Wout van Aert at the Bingoal Brico cyclocross race of Bredene.

“Normally on Wednesday I would be exploring the course, but I became sick tonight — with vomiting and diarrhea,” a press release said.

“The only thing I can do is rest now and hope that I’m fine by the weekend.”

It is unfortunate as Sweeck has had good form lately, finishing second at the most recent UCI World Cup at Heusden-Zolder and at the Bingoal Brico race last week — though both to Wout van Aert who is the big favourite for defending his national title.

Still the 23-year-old was considered a dangerous outsider for the race and was runner-up in last year’s championship.