Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

May 25, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Pierre Rolland solos to victory from breakaway on Stage 17 of Giro d’Italia; Velon shares power data on Rolland’s Giro stage win; Coquard wins opening stage of Baloise Belgium Tour; Aussie Michael Storer takes stage win at An Post Rás; Aberasturi wins Stage 4 at Tour of Japan, Canola holds GC lead; Martyn Irvine sidelined after suffering hip fracture in Baloise Belgium Tour; UCI suspends Soul Brasil Pro Cycling for 35 days for multiple doping violations; Synergy Baku fires Averin after UCI doping ban is imposed; Colorado Classic names 14 teams, including four WorldTour squads; Monash University researchers seek Melbourne cyclists for passing distance study; Video: Orica-Scott reviews their day after Stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia

Martyn Irvine sidelined after suffering hip fracture in Baloise Belgium Tour

by VeloClub

Just over a month after he began racing this season, former world track champion Martyn Irvine has been sidelined by a crash on Stage 1 of the Baloise Belgium Tour on Wednesday.

The Aqua Blue Sport rider suffered a hairline fracture of his right hip in the fall. He was transported by race ambulance to University Hospital Ghent and treated there. He was then released to the team hotel and will return to Ireland on Thursday.

Irvine faced a delay to his first season with the Aqua Blue Sport team because of UCI rules stating that riders on Pro Continental teams must be in the testing pool for six months prior to competition. He was returning after retiring at the start of last year and was forced to sit out his planned racing programme until the necessary testing period had been completed.

He is now facing a further disruption. “I am very disappointed and I am sad to leave the race so early,” he said. “The doctors have said to me that I should be recovered hopefully after five or six weeks of rest. I just want to thank the team, the medical staff on the race, the staff of University Hospital Gent, and the many people who have sent me messages.”

The 31-year-old Irishman previously suffered a fractured femoral head in 2013, weeks after winning the world scratch race championship.