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by Shane Stokes
August 9, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Küng wins stage two time trial at the BinckBank Tour; Report: top squads look set to miss world team time trial championships; Kwiatkowski signs on for three more years with Team Sky; Under pressure from USADA, Colorado Classic abandons partnership with Armstrong; Vuelta pays tribute to career of Contador; Report: Trek-Segafredo aiming to replace Contador with Aru; UAE Team Emirates extends with Marcato, Conti and five others; Lingering effects of concussion force Dunbar to end season early; OVO Energy Tour of Britain confirms teams for 2017 edition; CAS confirms UCI’s four year suspension of Oyarzun; Research shows huge health benefits of commuting by bike; Eskapee’s rules for mountain bike riding; Video: Tony Martin falls during BinckBank Tour TT; Video: Tony Martin speaks after his crash; Video: Viviani skilfully avoids time trial fall in BinckBank Tour; Video: Peter Sagan celebrates Monday’s sprint win
Following on from the questions raised about the planned partnership between the Colorado Classic and Lance Armstrong’s Stages podcast, the race organisers announced on Tuesday that said partnership has been abandoned.
“In light of concerns expressed by USADA, we came to a mutual agreement that it is in the best interest of the Colorado Classic to cancel the marketing partnership with the Stages podcast.” The brief statement did not elaborate any further.
On August 2, the same organizers announced that the event would partner with the banned cyclist to “bring his fresh and informed cycling perspective to the inaugural event with daily podcasts.” He had planned to cover the women’s and men’s races with co-host JB Hager, as well as nightly musical performances.
Ben Davis, an event spokesperson, said that the agreement would see the race cover specific expenses. However this appeared to cross the line relating to the lifetime ban handed down by the US Anti Doping Agency in August 2012. It said then that the ineligibility “prevents Mr. Armstrong from participating in any activity or competition organized by any signatory to the [World Anti-Doping Agency] Code or any member of any signatory.”
A USADA spokesperson told CyclingTips on Friday that “an ineligible individual may not have an official role in relation to a sanctioned event such as the Colorado Classic. “USADA has received complaints about this, and after reviewing the matter has advised the Colorado Classic on the applicable rules.” The Colorado Classic organizers said then that they were “seeking additional guidance” before proceeding further. The outcome of that has now been made clear. While Armstrong may well yet head to the event and continue with his podcast, the race will not be involved in covering expenses.
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