Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 9, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Aru solos to Dauphiné stage victory with late-race attack, Contador retains yellow; Brenton Jones wins Korea stage, takes over lead; Motorist runs down cyclists, killing five in Michigan; Stig Broeckx finally out of danger after motorbike impact; Recovered after losing kidney, Trixi Worrack will make her return to racing this weekend; Orica-AIS and Cervélo-Bigla on skipping WordTour events in pursuit of Olympic success; 2015 UCI annual report released; LottoNL-Jumbo names Tour long-list; WADA suspends Madrid laboratory accreditation; USA Cycling testing for motorized doping; Giant-Alpecin adding development program for 2017; Dauphiné stage 3 highlights; Behind the scenes with Team Giant-Alpecin; Bora-Argon 18 altitude training camp; Huff crosses the finish line in style

Orica-AIS and Cervélo-Bigla on skipping WordTour events in pursuit of Olympic success

by Jeanine Laudy

When the 24 teams for the 2016 Giro Rosa were announced on May 12, one team that was surprisingly missing in that line-up was Orica-AIS. It isn’t the only race where the Australian team has been absent this year, having skipped the past three UCI Women’s WorldTour events in China and the United States.

In the latest update of the Giro Rosa rider startlist, Cervélo-Bigla had disappeared from the list as well. This means that now, two big teams with serious contenders for stage wins and the overall will not be present in this year’s tour of Italy.

We cannot help but wonder if this is an indication of what the summer events will be like or whether attendance will improve once national team selections have been announced.

In the meantime we reached out to Orica-AIS and Cervélo-Bigla to ask them about their choice to skip a number of significant Women’s WorldTour races.

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