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by Mark Zalewski
January 16, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kirsten Wild’s powerful sprint captures stage 2 of the Santos Women’s Tour; Caleb Ewan sprints to People’s Choice Classic victory at the Tour Down Under; Amanda Spratt carves out formidable lead in first stage of 2017 Santos Women’s Tour; Vos wins another World Cup, de Boer solidifies overall; Van Aert wins Italian World Cup round, overall; French government turns down request to make mechanical doping illegal; Toon Aerts likely out for season with shoulder injury from crash, riders question race course safety; American coach calls on Cycling Ireland to send team to world cyclocross championships; Owain Doull skips People’s Choice Classic with stomach bug; Di Rocco reelected president of Italian Cycling Federation; Money raised for 105-year-old world record breaker; Video: Meet Tiffany Cromwell; Video: Season prep with Wanty Groupe-Gobert.
A fundraising drive is underway for 105-year-old Frenchman Robert Marchand, who recently set a new hour record, as it was discovered he cannot afford to buy a new pair of necessary hearing aids. As a pensioner, Marchand only receives about 900 euros a month, and the cost of the hearing aids is upwards of 6,000 euros.
“Robert modestly manages his retirement of less than 900 EUR after working for 86 years,” Gérard Mistler, president of L’Ardéchoise cycle race, told Le Parisien.
“When he said to me after beating his last record that he could only pay for one of the hearing aids he needs, I decided to appeal to the goodwill of the participants and volunteers of The Ardéchoise.”
Marchand was said to have been in tears upon discovery of the generosity.
French President François Hollande personally congratulated Marchand this weekend.
Click through to read more at Le Parisien.