Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 31, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: 60 Minutes report on motorized doping raises questions about Team Sky and UCI at 2015 Tour de France; French anti-doping expert says he was told a dozen riders used motors during the 2015 Tour de France; Loren Rowney announces her retirement and the beginning of a new chapter; Doctor and courier at centre of Team Sky mystery package scandal called to testify; Pauwels accepts van Aert’s apology but will not forget dispute; Mathieu van der Poel: ‘This is the biggest disappointment of my career’; Van Aert’s World Championship tire choice causes debate; RCS Sport shoots down extra Giro d’Italia wildcard proposal; UAE Abu Dhabi signs Moroccan champion Anass Ait el Abdia; Memorial ride held for cyclist killed in hit-and-run, suspect in custody; Nash and Zahner elected to UCI Athletes’ Commission for cyclocross; Photographer apologises to McLay for finish crash; Rider holds onto side of bridge after crash; Kangaroo surprises cyclists.

Loren Rowney announces her retirement and the beginning of a new chapter

by Loren Rowney

After beginning her career with Velocio-SRAM, and earning a number of impressive victories, Austrailian Lauren Rowney came to the ORICA-AIS team for the 2016 season. Although she re-signed for the team in 2017, called ORICA-Scott, the 28-year-old announced this week that she has decided to retire. Here is an excerpt from her rider diary:

For the longest time now, I’ve tried to imagine what I would be doing if I weren’t racing my bike. I’ve spent a good 10 years chasing the dream of being a professional athlete, and for five years I’ve had the privilege to live that dream. This may seem like quite a short career in everyday life, or even if you compare to that of my male counterparts in the sport, but after five years in the pro peloton, I’ve decided that I’m quite ready to move on to other things and seek a new direction. That’s right, at the ripe age of 28, I’m retiring.

What will my new future hold? I have no bloody clue, to be honest, but I do know that it doesn’t involve me racing my bike at the top level anymore.

I also know that I will continue to ride, because I love how I feel when I’m on my bike, and it is so much a part of who I am. And I will continue to travel, because it is through travel I’ve met some of the most amazing people, and seen some of the most beautiful things. And, if you will let me, I will continue to try to inspire those around me, hopefully through my words and experiences.

For those who have followed my journey, and maybe saw some of the darker sides to me over the past years, I want you to know that I’m fine and that I’m happy with my decision. This is a decision made on my own terms, which is the best kind of decision.

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