Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 9, 2016

In Tuesday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Morton wins Tour of Utah in stunning finale; Bujak wins Route de France stage 1; Annemiek van Vleuten OK but disappointed after horrific crash in women’s Olympic road race; With Tour of Utah winner Lachlan Morton, there’s more than meets the eye; Lucinda Brand signs with Liv-Plantur; Frank to AG2R La Mondiale for two years; Successful surgery for Nibali; Henao ordered to rest in lieu of surgery after Rio crash; Ironman Boulder athlete killed by vehicle during cycling leg of race; Military explodes suspicious bag at finish during men’s road race; Researchers studying cycling to speed intensive care recovery; Tour of Utah recap video; Bike commuter nearly crashes out breakaway

Lucinda Brand signs with Liv-Plantur

by CyclingTips

Lucinda Brand has signed with the Dutch Liv-Plantur team for 2017, leaving the Rabobank-Liv team that has yet to find a replacement sponsor.

Lucinda Brand (Rabo/Liv) leads the race to the top of the Paterberg.

Lucinda Brand (Rabo/Liv) leads the race to the top of the Paterberg.

“I am very happy with my new contract. After four years with Rabobank this a major new challenge. I look forward to this new step in my career,” Brand said in a statement. “The professional structure, staff, the team approach and its philosophy to top sports meet my ambitions. In addition, I will have the tools and some designated targeted races that perfectly fit my abilities to go for my chances and this overall picture is just what I am looking for.”

“We have followed Lucinda’s career for some time and have always admired her ability on the bike,” Team Liv-Plantur coach Hans Timmermans said. “Our objective is to be one of the leading teams in women’s cycling in the short-term by applying the same ‘Keep Challenging’ approach as our men program, and the signatures of Lucinda and other talented key riders are important next steps in achieving that. Lucinda is one of the few riders who can naturally read the race, together with her physiological level and her loyal personality, we can help her develop into one of the best road captains in the world.

“On top of that, she is able to make use of her skills in the finish, which is clearly important for the most challenging races. Furthermore, we are intensively working to develop our sprint lead-out and she will play an important part in that process in order to increase the quality significantly.”

This is the second major departure for the Rabobank-Liv team, with Olympic gold medalist Anna van der Breggen heading to Boels-Dolmans.

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