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by Matt de Neef
November 21, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Richie Porte to be BMC’s sole leader for the 2017 Tour de France; Philippe Gilbert ordered to repay 300,000 Euros to Omega Pharma-Lotto; Koksijde CX World Cup cancelled due to dangerous winds; Miles Scotston signs with BMC; Brazilian Pro Continental team suspended after three positive tests; Mikel Landa to again focus on the Giro in 2017; Peter Sagan hasn’t ruled out MTBing in 2017; Man charged after injuring cyclist in West Melbourne hit-and-run; $1.3 million in fines for NSW cyclists since new laws introduced in March; When the supertuck goes wrong; Huge crowds at the Tour du Rwanda.
A court in Belgium has ordered Philippe Gilbert to pay back 300,000 Euros to his former Omega Pharma-Lotto team, ruling that the former world champion breached his contract when he signed with BMC for 2012.
Het Nieuwsblad reports that a slew of victories in 2011 earned Gilbert 715,000 Euros in bonuses from the team, in addition to his 1.2 million Euro salary. The judge ruled that the bonuses paid to Gilbert were awarded on the assumption that he would again lead the team in 2012.
The judge ruled that Gilbert need not repay the full 715,000 Euros, ruling that 300,000 was “fair compensation”.
Click through to read more at Het Nieuwsblad.