Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 4, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Ewan, Allen victorious on stage 3 of the Bay Crits; Scandolara, Bibby win overall; Clearing obstacles: Kaitie Antonneau’s journey from depression to self-acceptance; Thomas Dekker’s former manager alleges extortion in lawsuit; Belgian cyclocross championship course controversy; Niels Albert responds sharply to course modification furor; Laurens Sweeck questionable for Belgian championships; Talansky breaks thumb in training crash; Porte to headline BMC’s Tour Down Under squad; Paris-Nice unveils 2017 course; Wiggins joins winter sports-based reality TV show; Dutch cycling beer coming to Tour Down Under; Video: Aqua Blue Sport Pro Cycling; Jens Voigt ‘Everests’ Teufelsberg Hill for charity.

Niels Albert responds sharply to course modification furor

by CyclingTips

In his column for Het Laatste Nieuws, Niels Albert, former Belgian champion and manager of the Crelan-Charles team, has criticised the furor over the course modifications for the Belgian national championships this weekend and pointing the finger at a rival team’s manager.

“In other words, in the year 2017 a team manager can decide on the length of the course and the number of metres to be run?” he wrote.

The dispute surrounds the length of the beach section of the course which will likely force riders to run — something that would likely benefit Albert’s top rider, current world champion Wout van Aert. In particular, Albert called out Danny De Bie, sports director for the Marlux-Napoleon Games team.

“Whether it was intentional by De Bie thinking maybe it’s too much running for his riders? But what if tomorrow another sports director explores the circuit and find that the bridge is too high?”

Regardless, Albert is still confident that his top rider will come out on top regardless of the course changes. “Whether it rains, snows or freezes, we come to Ostend for nothing but the tricolor … and 150 meters more or less will not stop Wout van Aert!”

Click through to read more at Het Laatste Nieuws.