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Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 17, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Vuillermoz wins stage 2 of the Tour du Limousin; Kittel signs two-year contract with Katusha-Alpecin; Viviani to race for QuickStep Floors until end of 2019; Dimension Data confirms Vuelta lineup, Morton to make his debut; Warbasse, Denifl and Blythe lead Aqua Blue Sport in team’s first Vuelta; Molly Weaver moves to Drops Cycling; Olympic champion Rissveds to miss MTB worlds due to sponsorship clash with national federation; Team Sky unveils new ‘Race Hub’ for Vuelta a España; Video: Don’t try this at home part I; Video: Don’t try this at home part II

Olympic champion Rissveds to miss MTB worlds due to sponsorship clash with national federation

by Shane Stokes

Jenny Rissveds. 2016 Rio Olympics.
An unusual situation which puts the spotlight on sponsorship deals within the sport of cycling has cropped up between the Olympic XC champion Jenny Rissveds and her Swedish national federation. Rissveds, who also won the under 23 title at last year’s worlds, has been passed over for selection for the upcoming worlds in Cairns, Australia, because of a clash between her professional sponsorship deals and those of her federation.

Her team manager Thomas Frischknecht explained the situation to PinkBike. Here’s an excerpt:

“Swedish cycling signed a contract with POC for the whole kit: jersey, shorts, helmets, eyewear, gloves and socks. The athletes have to wear all these products while competing for the national team. Jenny already has a contract with her trade team Scott/SRAM to wear Scott helmet and she also has a worldwide contract for all competition to wear Oakley eyewear. So she didn’t sign this agreement with the National Federation.

“Short term, talking with the president of Swedish cycling last year, I solved the problem saying, “Okay for the European Championships in Sweden we let Jenny compete in a Poc helmet as this is was on Poc’s home soil. For the rest of the year – World Championships and Olympics – she’ll ride whatever she is sponsored to ride, and he agreed to this. In the meantime, we asked the UCI to take action to actually define more precisely what national federations can ask the riders and what they can’t because we saw a potential conflict there.

“This, unfortunately, didn’t really result in any action from their side over the last year and this year. Swedish cycling came back and said if she wants to join the national team she is obliged to sign this contract which tells her then to wear POC products. This is asking someone to violate a contract, so it’s against European law.”

Click through to read more at Pinkbike.

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