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Chapman wins stage 1 of Sun Tour, Froome denies Italian story: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

January 31, 2018

Breakthrough win for Brodie Chapman on Stage 1 of Women’s Herald Sun Tour; Froome denies Italian media reports suggesting ‘plea bargain’ agreement; Haussler sidelined again due to collarbone fracture; Days after partial all-clear, De Plus now diagnosed with pelvic fracture; Powers confirms Aspire Racing team is stopping and that he is considering retirement; Valverde on Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana: ‘We’ll really go for it’; Kittel on ‘best Tour performance yet’ and green jersey chances; Brajkovic signs for Adria Mobil Cycling, returning to his former team; Devastating figures show that Australian kids’ fitness is at an all-time low; Video: Close encounters of the kangaroo kind; Video: Skuji?s shows off Trek-Segafredo’s training and race kits

Powers confirms Aspire Racing team is stopping and that he is considering retirement

by Shane Stokes

Multiple US national cyclo-cross champion Jeremy Powers has released an important update on where his career is going, confirming that he is at a crossroads and that he could be heading for retirement.

“A lot of you have asked me about comments I made at cyclocross nationals, when I said, ‘this might be my last nationals,'” he wrote on Facebook on Tuesday. “That statement is in fact true, that very well could of been my last nationals, racing. I’ve been thinking for some time that I need to refocus, reset, and start some new goals, for a bunch of different reasons.

“For the 2018 racing season, I’m going to be slowing things down. I can’t say exactly what’s happening because, as of right now, I don’t fully know. Many of my sponsors have said they would like to continue to work together, for which I am incredibly grateful. I don’t know if I’m going to be racing full time and I’m currently considering my options and deciding what my next challenge will be.” Powers confirmed his intention to keep riding his bike due to his love for the sport, but scaling back appears to be a possibility.

The 34 year old also confirmed that that the Aspire Racing team is set to end. “My intention was not to stop running Aspire Racing if the sponsorship would allow for a well-funded program and things were moving in a good direction, but I didn’t find that to be the case when we started to seek partnership renewals for 2018.

“I take some blame for that, my personal results aren’t as good as they were in my peak, but I was truly doing the best I could and I have zero regrets. I also have to say that I’m not bitter, upset or disappointed about any loss of sponsorship, I feel exactly the opposite.”

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