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by Mark Zalewski
June 23, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Dries de Bondt wins Halle-Ingooigem; LottoNL-Jumbo team demands apology over hidden motor claims against Roglic; Despite Olympic selection, Dimension Data wants Cavendish to complete Tour; Strava report debunks myth that women; Talansky re-signs with Cannondale, skipping Tour; Team Sky Tour de France roster; BMC Tour de France roster; LottoNL-Jumbo for Tour de France; Controversy over leaked British Olympic cycling roster; Emma Pooley signs with Lotto-Soudal; Favourites for Dutch TT title absent; Win your commute with Tour de Bike Lane; Ion Izaguirre hits 110km/h at Suisse time trial; Chris Hoy races Le Mans
The LottoNL-Jumbo team has demanded an apology and a retraction of accusations against its rider Primoz Roglic, as made by the Stade 2 TV programme on Sunday. The makers of the programme claimed that there were suspicions of hidden motor use concerning the Slovenian rider, both in relation to the Strade Bianche race and the Giro d’Italia.
Stade 2 pointed to a thermal image from the former as backing up its claims, with the photo in question appearing to show a glow at the hub area. In an earlier programme the documentary makers had claimed that this kind of heat signature could be indicative of motors in wheels.
Contacted by WielerFlits, LottoNL-Jumbo manager Richard Plugge was scathing about the claims.
“In the Strade Bianche the images were not made with a wheel of the team, but with a rear wheel from the neutral car,” he said. “At the time of punctures the neutral car was close to Roglic. Not much later directeur sportif Jan Boven drove past and this moment can be seen on the images of Stade 2.”
He added that the rider eventually finished 25 minutes behind the winner.
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