Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

November 8, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mareczko doubles wins at Tour of Taihu Lake; Van der Poel and De Boer dominate at Ruddervoorde; Nathan Haas on nerve damage, backing Cavendish and tussling with Sagan; Rubén Fernández extends with Movistar; Many riders still looking for contracts; Aaron Timmer Brown, liable for Kimmage Fund money, resurfaces; UCI and EUC heads push European Union to promote cycling infrastructure; Drama surrounding Portsmouth Tour de France bid; Alé Cipollini Galassia presents 2017 team; UCI Track World Cup highlights; Keagan Girdlestone continues road to recovery with first coffee shop ride.

Nathan Haas on nerve damage, backing Cavendish and tussling with Sagan

by VeloClub

Australian Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) reflects on the 2016 season, one in which he saw the highs of podium results and the lows of crashing, with subsequent nerve injuries that could have spelled an end to his career. Here is an excerpt from the feature:

2016 was all about change. After spending four years with the Garmin/Cannondale setup, he moved over to the Team Dimension Data squad and began anew. Talking to him, it is clear that he is pleased with how things worked out with the African squad.

“It was game changing,” he enthuses. “It was amazing. I turned a new page at the end of 2015 after four years with Slipstream. Those were great years in many ways, but it was just nice to come to a team that really suited my own style of being and ambition.

“They are a growing team with new energy. I think for me I have always seen [the value in] newer teams with the right philosophies on clean sport, on having extra meaning behind what you are doing. Slipstream had that energy when they started. We saw it with GreenEdge – they came in with that new fresh blood, new energy, and we saw them hit this huge peak in results early on. And that enthusiasm is still there.

“For me it was really nice to go to a team that was new on the blocks with something to prove. I certainly felt that reinvigorated my love for racing.”

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