Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 22, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Brailsford and other witnesses may be called to give further evidence in Sky package inquiry; Songezo Jim signs with Kuwait –; Sophie de Boer reveals 2017 team; Stybar to race two cyclocross events next week; Marc Sergeant talks about Lotto Soudal early season plans; Stephen Swart: ‘Lance Armstrong had no intention of picking up the phone’; Rally Cycling holds winter training camp; Hagens Berman-Supermint announces roster; SBS and Fox Sports to broadcast Australian Road National Championships; Cycling UK pressuring Sunday Times to print apology over ‘pro-dooring’ column; Man accused of hitting, dragging cyclist walks free; 89-year-old handing out high-vis vests to cyclists for safety; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour.

Marc Sergeant talks about Lotto Soudal early season plans

by CyclingTips

Lotto Soudal’s sports manager Marc Sergeant detailed his team’s plans for the early part of the 2017 season, including the roster for the first races in Australia and Mallorca.

Courtesy: Lotto Soudal

Courtesy: Lotto Soudal

“The training camp in December is the real kick-off of the new season,” said Sergeant. “The riders have been training for a few weeks now, but during the training camp there is a more structural build-up towards next year. Each day, group trainings and core stability sessions are scheduled and the riders go to the fitness regularly.”

“Early January, the team returns to Mallorca for a second training camp. During this training camp the trainings are longer than in December. Seven riders — Sander Armée, Lars Bak, Sean De Bie, Thomas De Gendt, Adam Hansen, James Callum Shaw and Rafael Valls — won’t come to Mallorca as they already head to Australia for the Tour Down Under and Cadel Evans Ocean Road Race.

“The last week of January thirteen riders come back to Mallorca for the Mallorca Challenge. Tiesj Benoot, André Greipel, Moreno Hofland, Rémy Mertz, Nikolas Maes, Jürgen Roelandts, Marcel Sieberg, Tim Wellens and Enzo Wouters will be part of the line-up for the [four races].

Sergeant also gave details to some of the Spring Classics rosters. “Tim Wellens will participate for the first time ever in Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico. Tony Gallopin will ride Paris-Nice together with Greipel. Sean De Bie will race the Ardennes Classics. Tiesj Benoot will get a race programme similar to this year and he will get Nikolas Maes by his side. Moreno Hofland will ride a mix of Flemish races and races in which he can show his fast legs.”