Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 11, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Leopold König explains his path from Sky domestique to Giro d’Italia contender; Brailsford critcised UKAD chairman for speaking about investigation; Contador says he is happy to be finished with Oleg Tinkov; Velocite company owner alleges patent infringement by Pinarello; Niels Albert criticises elder van der Poel for working on world champs course construction; Athletes blast UCI for short notice on world championships; USA Cycling names cyclocross World Championships team; Christoph Strasser’s Australian record-breaking adventure starts in Perth today; British All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group seeking cyclists involved in traffic incidents; Stephen Hyde on the lead-up to nationals; Euro-cross recap video; Farmer drops pro triathletes like a boss; Fat Bike caught on electric fence.

Niels Albert criticises elder van der Poel for working on world champs course construction

by CyclingTips

Niels Albert criticised Adri van der Poel, father of top cyclocross racer Mathieu van der Poel, for assisting the organisation of the 2017 World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg on construction of the race course. Albert expressed concern over the father of the rider who will likely challenge his top rider, Wout van Aert, gaining an unfair advantage. In response, Mathieu van der Poel Tweeted about Albert, “Always complaining, #janker!”

“I have heard that [Adri] is assisting the world championship organization,” said Albert. “I find it strange. Imagine [QuickStep Floors] team manager Patrick Lefevere asked for advice on the road world championship parcours. Other riders and team leaders would find that bizarre. I can not escape the impression that Adri will outline a course which is to the advantage of his rider in Luxembourg. No rules for that? Can anyone have a say?”

UCI coordinator Peter Van Den Abeele responded to Albert’s criticism. “Let me be 100 percent clear, Adri has no function anymore with the UCI. We have our own technical delegate, Beat Wabel, who is inspecting the course. He was there yesterday and today, and will continue to inspect it in the coming weeks.

“Adri was hired by the organization to help them with the course. The UCI does not build track, we are presented with a track and we adopt what was good and we will continue to closely monitor in Luxembourg until the end. Remember, last year the organization decided suddenly a few days before the world championships in Heusden-Zolder to add barriers near the finish that was rejected by our inspector.”

“The father of Mathieu, a top favorite, helping at a world championship course, can indeed raise questions, and I realize that. But in the end we have the authority over the course to ensure it complies with the rules. Adri has experience as an organizer of the World Cup in Hoogerheide and together with his team, he is good at his job. Perhaps that is why he was hired and why there will be a good course in Luxembourg, with a mix of all the aspects that must be included in cyclocross.”

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