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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.
From the ‘you cannot make this up’ department, a local politician who recently publicly called for a crackdown on troublesome squirrels was crashed while riding his bicycle, when a squirrel crossing in front of him was caught in his front wheel.
Alderman Howard Brookins of Chicago’s 21st ward was riding along a river path a week ago when the incident occurred. He had only a month prior publicly called for a crackdown on what he referred to as “supersized squirrels” that were causing a menace by gnawing into rubbish bins, to the tune of nearly $300,000.
The crash left Brookins with a fractured skull and a handful of missing teeth which will require multiple surgeries and a monthlong recovery.
The squirrel fared much worse.
Showing his sense of humor in the matter, Brookins told the Chicago Tribune, “I can think of no other reason for this squirrel’s actions than that it was like a suicide bomber, getting revenge.”
Click through to read more at the Chicago Tribune.