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by Mark Zalewski
January 31, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: 60 Minutes report on motorized doping raises questions about Team Sky and UCI at 2015 Tour de France; French anti-doping expert says he was told a dozen riders used motors during the 2015 Tour de France; Loren Rowney announces her retirement and the beginning of a new chapter; Doctor and courier at centre of Team Sky mystery package scandal called to testify; Pauwels accepts van Aert’s apology but will not forget dispute; Mathieu van der Poel: ‘This is the biggest disappointment of my career’; Van Aert’s World Championship tire choice causes debate; RCS Sport shoots down extra Giro d’Italia wildcard proposal; UAE Abu Dhabi signs Moroccan champion Anass Ait el Abdia; Memorial ride held for cyclist killed in hit-and-run, suspect in custody; Nash and Zahner elected to UCI Athletes’ Commission for cyclocross; Photographer apologises to McLay for finish crash; Rider holds onto side of bridge after crash; Kangaroo surprises cyclists.
The lead-up to the UCI Cyclocross World Championships was a bitter one within the Belgian camp as Kevin Pauwels had posted his doping control form from an out-of-competition test days before the event, specifically to point out he had no Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs). This led the Belgian media to speculate he was aiming it at Wout van Aert, who was notably absent from the final World Cup race of the season, citing a knee injury. That all came to a head at the pre-race press conference in which van Aert was pressed by the media to respond.
Wout Van Aert (right) and Kevin Pauwels at the start line of the Men’s Race at the UCI 2017 Cyclocross World Championships.
“The journalists had better ask Pauwels, because he can explain it so well,” van Aert said to the assembled media, but later apologised for it to Pauwels.
“I was shocked when Wout said that,” Pauwels told Sporza in response. “Something I did not expect from him. I never attacked him myself.
“He could have not done this and I will not forget it. But I accepted his apology.”
Pauwels finished a strong third behind van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel, who had joined Pauwels in posting his doping control form showing no TUEs.
Click through to read more at Sporza.