Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 15, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Richeze wins tight Suisse sprint; Judge rules that Operacion Puerto blood bags can finally be handed over; UCI, WADA to push for identification of Puerto athletes; Interview: Why Phil Gaimon believes Danielson wasn’t doping; Keagan Girdlestone out of coma and breathing unassisted; Dot watching – The Trans Am and the Tour Divide; Rio velodrome not ready until mid-July; UK Anti-Doping admits failures in Dan Stevens case; Copeland to manage new Bahrain team; Fabio Felline set to return to racing; Chris Anker Sørensen speaks of Tinkoff team exit; Cycling media loses valued member; Leah Kirchman extends with Liv-Plantur; Is cycling more harmful to the environment than a car?; Aviva Women’s Tour Of Britain Preview; Brandon Semenuk pins it for 100 seconds; Danny Van Poppel makes incredible save, is fined by commissaires 

Leah Kirchman extends with Liv-Plantur

by CyclingTips

Leah Kirchman signed an extension with the Liv-Plantur team for 2017. In her first season with the team she won the Drentse Acht van Westervel finished on the overall podium at the Tour of Chongming Island in China. The Canadian currently sits in seventh on the UCI Women’s WorldTour standings.

Drentse Acht van Westerveld

“I’m very happy to confirm a two-year contract extension with Team Liv-Plantur,” said Kirchman. “It became very clear within a few months of working with the team this season that I fit in really well with the structure of the program. The combination of supportive and knowledgeable staff, strong teammates, and fantastic sponsors all contributed to my decision to extend my contract.”

“We are delighted to continue working with Leah for the next two years,” said Team Liv-Plantur’s coach Hans Timmermans.

“Our goal is to become a leading team in women’s cycling on the short-term and extending Leah’s contract is an important next step in the development of the team. After half a year working with Leah we saw that she blends well into the team.”

“She is able to share her race knowledge and experience, and is capable of filling-in the leader’s role. Leah has had a fantastic first half of the season with the team, showing some fantastic results already. Her seventh place in the WorldTour classification is a good proof of that.”

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