Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 8, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI insists no reduction to team sizes in 2017; Jack Bobridge on retiring at 27: ‘At the end of the day health comes first’; One less WorldTour team in 2017? Rider agent ‘very concerned’ about Chinese team TJ Sport; Velon creating new race series; Stefan Schumacher signs with; Kenyan cyclist who lost leg in crash talks about life after amputation; Tom Boonen: I needed a sports psychologist after Abu Dhabi Tour crash; Cameron Wurf returning to pro racing with triathlon ambitions; Four days of Dunkirk reveals course and name change to Tour des Hauts-de-France; Giro del Trentino becomes Tour of the Alps; 2017 Oceania Track Cycling Championships; Record-setting attempt to ride around Great Britain underway; Strava calculates the fastest cyclists by country; KASK extends sponsorship with Team Sky; Christian Meier on his final pro race; Adorable cyclocross racer shows how barriers are done.

One less WorldTour team in 2017? Rider agent ‘very concerned’ about Chinese team TJ Sport

by VeloClub

Several weeks ago the topic of whether or not Team Dimension Data would be a WorldTour squad in 2017 was one of the biggest talking points in the sport. The UCI had originally said that 17 rather than 18 WorldTour licences would be issued for next season and, with the new Chinese-backed TJ Sport squad planning to continue on from Lampre-Merida, this put the squeeze on. CyclingTips spoke to rider agent Robbie Hunter on Tuesday. The former professional represents Louis Meintjes, one of the team’s top riders and a likely future Tour de France contender, as well as Marko Kump. Hunter said that he is, ‘very concerned,’ at the current situation. Here is an excerpt:

CyclingTips: There have been reports that there may be issues with the TJ Sport team. Would you describe them as accurate or inaccurate?

Robbie Hunter: I wouldn’t say inaccurate. It’s difficult to say. At the end of the day what I can confirm is that the UCI didn’t give them their licence, which we all know. There are obviously reasons for that.

They say they’re trying to get the correct paperwork. I did see in the [VeloNews] article that it said one of the ladies who did the paperwork fell sick. From what I know, what’s being told to me by the team is that it was the head of TJ Sport who fell sick, that is what I heard.

But at the end of the day, obviously whatever the situation is, the team is in a bit of a predicament. I personally would prefer that the team continues simply because I’d rather see sixty or eighty people’s jobs…whether they are riders or masseurs or mechanics…continue, rather than possibly come to an end. I don’t that’s the ideal situation for anyone.

But yes, I mean we’re coming up to mid-December and nothing has been guaranteed. As the article said, the management of TJ Sport are very hard to get hold of at the moment. They are not really replying to anybody.

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