Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 11, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Tom Dumoulin wins summit finish in Andorra, Froome defends Tour de France lead; Giro Rosa Round-up: a last-minute stage win for Rabo-Liv and Megan Guarnier wins the Giro Rosa!; Jan Hirt wins Tour of Austria; Nikolay Mihaylov wins Sibiu Cycling Tour; Citing fever, Alberto Contador abandons 2016 Tour de France in Pyrenees; Tactical error? BMC Racing loses out to Froome on Tour’s first big mountain stage; Dan Martin feeling ‘great’ as Tour de France heads for familiar roads; Froome defends action against fan; Commentary: Why Chris Froome was right to punch that spectator; Tinkov, in TV interview: Valverde is jealous of Contador, Europeans don’t know how to do business; New Zealand names final Olympic cycling team; Why Andorra is becoming one of Europe’s most popular pro cycling bases; Tour de France, stage 9 recap; Tour de France, stage 8 on-board highlights; Tour de France, stage 7 on-board highlights; POV footage of Adam Yates crash into 1km inflatable; Orica-BikeExchange Backstage Pass, stage 7; 6-year-old tries Froome’s aero-tuck

New Zealand names final Olympic cycling team

by CyclingTips

Time trial world champion Linda Villumsen (UnitedHealthCare) and George Bennett (Team LottoNL – Jumbo) will contest the road race and time trial at the Rio Olympics for New Zealand, while the world champion men’s team sprint team of Eddie Dawkins, Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster will headline the track squad.

World time trial champion Linda Villumsen (UnitedHealthCare) was second-to-last to leave the start ramp, and ended up with the fastest women's time for the opening stage. Photo: Dejan Smaic.

“Linda has been preparing well with her UnitedHealthcare team under the direction of her personal coach Marco Pinotti, and has produced some encouraging performances,” said Cycling New Zealand Director of High performance, Mark Elliott. “The course in Rio is certainly more suited to her skills than was the case in London and we are leaving no stone unturned in her preparations.”

The men’s team pursuit combination consists of Piet Bulling, Regan Gough and Dylan Kennett, all part of the winning team pursuit at the 2015 worlds, along with London medallist Aaron Gate and double Beijing medallist Hayden Roulston.

“The competition within this squad has been exceptional as they have pushed each other every day in training,” said Cycling New Zealand head coach, Dayle Cheatley. “I can’t say enough about the efforts of Hayden Roulston, who gave up a career on the road to realise his dream of completing his career back on the track. After eight years away, the sport had moved on and he has worked tirelessly on the bike and been an invaluable leader off it.”

Track, women: Rushlee Buchanan, Lauren Ellis, Natasha Hansen, Jaime Nielsen, Olivia Podmore, Racquel Sheath, Georgia Williams
Track, men: Pieter Bulling, Eddie Dawkins, Aaron Gate, Regan Gough, Dylan Kennett, Ethan Mitchell, Hayden Roulston, Sam Webster, Zac Williams (reserve)
Road: George Bennett, Linda Villumsen
Mountainbike: Sam Gaze
BMX: Trent Jones

Click through to read more at Cycling New Zealand.