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by Shane Stokes
June 10, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Fuglsang wins stage 6 of the Critérium du Dauphiné as Porte takes over yellow jersey; Hosking wins stage 3 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Powless takes opening stage of Under 23 Giro d’Italia; Vos fractures collar bone; Madison and BMX Freestyle Park added to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Programme; Porte: ‘The next two days are going to be super hard’; Froome: ‘I’ve quite a bit of work still to do’; Betancur says he only now understands being at the right racing weight is crucial; Video: Richie Porte – post-race interview, Critérium du Dauphiné stage 6; Video: Chris Froome – post-race interview, Critérium du Dauphiné stage 6; Video: Diverge x Peter Sagan; Video: Michal Kwiatkowski – Best Of; Video: Gear for Worst Retirement Ever – Why I chose ISM, and how to set up an ISM saddle; Video: Barbados Cycling Festival 2017
Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins after winning gold in the men’s Madison at the 2016 Track World Championships.
The UCI has announced that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has given a green light to the addition of two additional events to the programme for the 2020 Olympic Games, namely the track Madison and the BMX Freestyle Park contest.
The addition was made at Friday’s meeting of the IOC Executive Board in Lausanne, Switzerland, and will see Madison racing added to the five existing track events for both men and women, namely the Keirin, the Omnium, the sprint, the team pursuit and the team sprint. Madison sees two riders relaying each other to rack up points, and is seen as one of the most exciting track events.
BMX Freestyle Park is described by the UCI as ‘a spectacular, crowd-pleasing discipline, which takes place on ramps with big transitions and large obstacles. Competitors are judged on tricks performed throughout the course, with points awarded based on difficulty, originality, style and execution.’
In addition to the two new events, a rejigging to achieve gender equity will see some quotas previously allocated to male MTB and BMX athletes transferred to the women’s events. “I am thrilled to see four more cycling events joining the Olympic programme,” said UCI President Brian Cookson. “With competitions across very different disciplines, cycling already makes a large and diverse contribution to the Olympic Games, and now becomes the third largest sport in terms of gold medals, with 22 on offer. I am also delighted that we have made another big step towards full gender equity across all of our disciplines.
“The Madison will bring its long-established history and exciting format to the Games, while BMX Freestyle Park has great potential to open the event up to a whole new generation of athletes and fans. In an increasingly competitive landscape for Olympic sport, it is important not only to see our overall quota remain unchanged, but to also welcome the award of four additional opportunities for medals in Olympic cycling disciplines.”