Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 1, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Teuns wins stage 3 of the Tour of Poland, Sagan retakes lead; Barbero wins Circuito de Getxo ‘Memorial Ricardo Otxoa’; Jungels extends until 2020 with QuickStep Floors; Girdlestone celebrates ‘miraculous recovery,’ reaches important milestone; Legal action launched following fire at Rio 2016 Olympic velodrome; Vuelta stage 17 summit finish to include gradients of 28%; Broken bones, healing hands: fixing the pro peloton in Herentals; Participant dies in 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey sportif; Video: In the Team car with Katusha-Alpecin

Legal action launched following fire at Rio 2016 Olympic velodrome

by VeloClub

Less than a year after its use in the 2016 Olympics, the velodrome in Rio has been badly damaged by fire. The Governing Authority of the Olympic Legacy (AGLO) in Brazil has opened a legal case over the matter. According to Brazilian Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani, it was caused by a balloon – most likely a Chinese lantern – hitting the building.

Although their release is illegal in the country, they remain widespread and are often used to celebrate feast days. A tweet by Picciani showed another lanterns close to the burning velodrome. The damage is thought to have occurred when the roof caught fire, with it then collapsing onto the track.

“The AGLO clarifies that civil police experts were on the spot and the preliminary assessment is that the cause of the fire was external,” said the AGLO in a statement.

“It was also found that, in principle, there was no damage of a hydraulic or electric nature, thus not compromising the cooling system of the velodrome, which is in operation and maintaining the proper temperature of the Siberian wood composing the cycling track. According to police, the first assessment is that the internal damage is due to the burning of the velodrome cover and the water used to put out the fire.

The velodrome is thought to have cost $44.8 million (£34 million/€38 million) to build. It reopened in May and was used for a three-day festival. It is not clear how long repairs will take.

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