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by Mark Zalewski
December 21, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Daily Mail reveals Brailsford tried to kill Wiggins medical package story; Outcome of Brailsford testimony: ‘should pay with his job’; UCI awards Lampre-Merida WorldTour license to UAE Abu Dhabi; Wout van Aert to race on Felt in 2017; Lars van der Haar possible for Heusden-Zolder World Cup; Leif Hoste refusing to pay fine for abnormal blood values; Vicente Reynes announces retirement; Uber admits to self-driving car ‘problem’ in bike lanes; Rolling with Lance Armstrong; Bahrain-Merida unveils team kit; Herne Hill Velodrome crowd-funding campaign surpasses goal; Johanna Jahnke short documentary; Hawke’s Bay Summer Cycling Carnival.
Vincenzo Nibali, Elia Viviani and Tom Boonen will all begin their 2017 season at the Tour de San Juan in Argentina. The race runs from January 23-29.
Four WorldTour teams are slated to race, Bahrain-Merida, Quick Step, Trek-Segafredo and the recently announced Abu Dhabi team. Defending champion Dayer Quintana’s Movistar team is not on the list.
The ProContinental slate includes Bardiani-CSF, UnitedHealthcare, Nippo-Fantini, Wilier Triestina-Selle Italy, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA and Androni Toys.
The race takes the place of the Tour de San Luis that was cancelled due to financial problems.