In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet sprints Gilbert to win Flanders warm-up in Harelbeke; Valverde wins Catalunya queen stage, takes lead; Skujinš wins Coppi e Bartali stage, takes over lead; Multiple crashes in E3 Harelbeke; Owain Doull says current Sky riders should not be rolled into doping controversy; Patrick Lefevere ‘Founder of Gent-Wevelgem turning in his grave’; Sean Kelly on how to reform cycling; Women’s E3 Harelbeke in 2018?; Two SEG Racing Academy riders sidelined with injuries; Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic will run in 2017; Irish company turns to crowdfunding to broadcast domestic events; Video: Dr. Mitch Anderson’s 12hr World Record.
Your Saturday Daily News Digest
Owain Doull says that it is “outrageous” that current riders on Team Sky are being drawn into the controversy over a medical package delivered to Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine.
“It’s unfair for those guys who work so hard,” Doull told the BBC. “I’m not really in the limelight so I don’t see too much of it, but for these accusations to be thrown at them is outrageous.
“It doesn’t really affect us at all, especially me, as someone’s only joined the team this year. It’s stuff that happened five years ago. For me and a lot of the guys it has no real impact at all. Everyone’s cracking on as normal.”
Doull is also more removed than others on the team due to being sidelined at the start of the season due to an appendectomy at the Tour Down Under.
“It’s almost two months since it happened. It was surprising how much it took out of me and how drained I was for quite a long time afterwards. I thought I’d bounce back quicker than I did. In terms of general riding, all was good, but I was lacking the top-end stuff, especially when racing.”
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