Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 1, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Tour of Flanders route unveiled; Women’s Tour of Flanders route length increased; Strade Bianche courses unveiled; Van Avermaet recovery on-track; Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank announces 2017 Roster; Dygert extends with Twenty16-Ridebiker; SkyDive Dubai riders, staff unpaid; National Lottery sales slump could affect British Cycling funding; Bail denied for driver who fled after allegedly killing cyclist; Taxi driver shoves pro cyclist with bumper; Cyclist assualts Brisbane bus driver; Cycling ‘on’ Clif Bars; Cycling safety with Tour de Celeb’s Louie Spence.

National Lottery sales slump could affect British Cycling funding

by CyclingTips

A drop in lottery ticket sales could see a subsequent £30m reduction for Team GB budgets in the next four-year cycle, despite huge success in many sports, including track cycling.

Olympic Games 2016 track day-2

British Cycling’s funding for the 2013-17 Olympic cycle rose to £30.2 million, up from £26 million, due to their overwhelming success at the London Games.

The Independent reports that a special appeal by UK Sport to the British Treasury for special dispensation on funding has been turned down.

“The issue for UK Sport is we have to make some difficult decisions,” said UK Sport Chair Rod Carr. “We anticipated there was going to be a tighter budget right back in the spring so we have sent expert groups into some of the sports to make sure they are driving the maximum efficiency.

“What everyone will see is that very many of the sports may well have less funding but that’s maybe because of the efficiencies that have been made. But if we don’t get a solution before next Wednesday from Government the reality is that yes we are going to have to make some hard decisions.”

Click through to read more at The Independent.