Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 1, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Giacoppo regains lead with stage win at Tour of Japan; Problems continue with Rio Olympic velodrome construction; More operations for Stig Broeckx following motorcycle-caused crash;  Sergio Henao cleared to return to racing; David De La Cruz sidelined after emergency appendectomy; Skjerping alleges negligence with motorcycle crash at Belgium Tour; Team win rankings update post-Giro; Eddy Merckx accused of corruption; Police suggest one metre passing law will increase dangers; Jacky Durand calls for feed zone safety measures; Sci-Con world bike backing champion crowned; Recovery is key to stage racing

Problems continue with Rio Olympic velodrome construction

by CyclingTips

More issues are arising with the velodrome venue for the Rio Olympics. The city government said on Monday it had cancelled its contract with the company constructing the Olympic velodrome after the firm filed for bankruptcy protection.

Rio-based Tecnosolo “did not have the conditions to continue being technically responsible for the construction of the velodrome,” the municipal government said in a statement. The work will be handed to Engetécnica, a subcontractor that has been working on the project since earlier this year.

The city said the change would not impact the value or delivery of the project, which is set to be handed over to Olympic organizers in June. Brazilian sports minister Leonardo Picciani recently told reporters that the velodrome was nearly 88 percent complete, and most of the work will be completed in June.

UCI president Brian Cookson expressed his unhappiness in an interview with the Associated Press. “The progress still seems to be incredibly slow. We now believe we don’t have any time for any proper test events and that’s very, very worrying. I want to encourage our friends in Rio to live up to the commitment that they’ve made and have the venue finished and operational — fully — several weeks before the Games.”

Olympic organizers said the delays had partly been due to logistical issues in laying the track, which is made of Siberian wood. Other reports had cited a delay in enclosing the venue which would be necessary to lay the wood track, as strict temperature and humidity controls are required to maintain its condition.

Click through to read more at the Associated Press.