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by Mark Zalewski
November 23, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Live coverage of women’s Cadel Evans Road Race, WorldTour status could be next; Rory Sutherland on Quintana and Contador’s similarities, being a team workhorse and more; Investigation finds possible corruption in Ponferrada world championships funding; British Cycling annual report shows ‘tremendous growth’; Four cyclists nominated for Italian athlete of the year; Cadel Evans and George Hincapie to race Cape Epic; Olympic champ Laura Kenny to return to racing in London; Former Irish U23 Jack Wilson ends career; Drunk driver who killed cyclist released from prison early; Local politician ‘attacked’ by squirrel while cycling; 2016 Dutch National Headwind Championships; Cyclocross has gone to the dogs.
Cycling fans will get their first chance in more than six years to see a women’s cycling race in Australia televised in real time, with the news announced today that the Seven Network will broadcast live from the women’s event at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
The race, called the Deakin University Elite Women’s Race, made the step from being a domestic level race in its first year to gaining a UCI ranking this year. The next step forward in the television coverage of the January 28 event in 2017 will make it the first women’s cycling event in Australia to be covered live since the Road World Championships were held in Geelong in 2010.
With the race taking a substantial step forward every year since it started in 2015, we can only wonder what’s in store for 2018.
“We are looking for a truly global WorldTour, and frankly this event ticks the boxes for a future ascension to WorldTour status, should it so desire to apply,” Tracey Gaudry, UCI vice president, president of the UCI Women’s Commission and UCI Oceania president told Ella CyclingTips.
“With the number of international teams that are already secured, with the live broadcast and what we know is a world class, quality event … it has all of the ingredients for a Women’s WorldTour race as a one day classic at the start of the year,” Gaudry said in an interview following the media conference announcing the broadcast.
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