Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 2, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chris Froome to start his 2017 season in Australia at Cadel’s Race and the Sun Tour; Gaimon begins retirement by hunting banned rider’s Strava KOMs; Paddy Bevin on his WorldTour debut: ‘I took a bit of a beating’; UCI and Wanda Sports sign partnership to transform cycling in China; Shane Sutton on short list for Cycling Australia high performance director job; Tom Veelers announced retirement due to ongoing knee injury; Why not Froome as BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year?; Peter Sagan Wins Velo D’Or; Hayman backs Matthews’ team move for green jersey aspirations; Wiggins listed on British Cycling’s 2017 podium programme; Cylance Pro Cycling names men’s roster; No Grand Départ for Portsmouth in 2019, but hopes for a future bid; Controversy brewing over grant for Irish government head’s cycling club; Colombian cycling photographer Horacio Gil Ochoa.

Paddy Bevin on his WorldTour debut: ‘I took a bit of a beating’

by Russell Jones

It’s been an up-and-down first season in the WorldTour for New Zealand’s Paddy Bevin (Cannondale-Drapac). He’s put in some strong performances, taking a number of top-10s — including third in the Paris-Nice prologue — but he’s also had his fair share of bad luck and injuries. The versatile 25-year-old caught up with reporter Russell Jones to reflect on his time in the WorldTour thus far and to consider what the future might hold. Here is an excerpt from the feature:

Now 25, Bevin’s journey to Europe has been a long and varied one. From cutting his teeth as a teenager in the United States while debuting with the Bissell Pro Cycling Team back in 2010, through to his solid performances across Australasia with Avanti in 2015 — performances that caught the eye of Cannondale-Drapac boss Jonathan Vaughters.

“In the scale of European cycling I’m pretty young for sure,” Bevin said. “I didn’t grow up racing here and I’ve come a different route. At the end of the day I wouldn’t change it — you live and learn and it certainly made me the bike rider I am.”

It is these experiences, and that of his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana this year, that strengthen Bevin’s resolve. “It [the Vuelta] was a last minute call up, I literally had five days notice. It was great to get a start, horrible to break a finger on day three.”

“It was just another element of getting my teeth kicked in really, I was on my knees and I took another one. Once again it was just part of that learning experience. You’ve just got to be a bit thick-skinned and say ‘Alright, I took a bit of a beating, now it’s time to reset and go again.’”

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