Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 26, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Kluge spoils sprinters’ day and gives IAM a reason to smile at Giro d’Italia; Wout Van Aert wins Baloise Belgium Tour prologue; Project 2016: The story behind USA Cycling’s revolutionary new track bikes; Chaves loses teammate support in Mezgec; Dimension Data seeking Grand Tour squad for 2017; British Cycling review panel names three; Sagan seeking wildcard spot for cross-country MTB at Rio Olympics; Giant-Alpecin names Tour de France long-list; Reports link Degenkolb to Trek-Segafredo; Teenaged Dygert’s talent still seems limitless; Giro stage 17 highlights; An Post RáS 2016 – Stage 3 highlights; 360 video of descent; Wiggins to race London six day race; Orica-GreenEdge backstage pass: Giro stage 17

Project 2016: The story behind USA Cycling’s revolutionary new track bikes

by Mike Marino

The bike was under a shroud, unseen and awaiting a Formula 1-type unveiling. And when USA Cycling revealed its very secret weapon, during the Amgen Tour of California, the reaction was part forehead thump and part jaw drop.

Called Project 2016, and to be ridden by the world champion American women’s team pursuit foursome at the Rio Olympics, the Felt bike had a first — its crankset was on the left side.

The obvious question — Why hadn’t anyone thought of that before, for crying out loud? — was left unanswered.

Not in question was the reported result: Tests show a 3.5-second gain over the 4,000 meters of the women’s pursuit.

For perspective, consider this: In March, the U.S. women won the worlds in London — the country’s first team pursuit championship — by nearly three seconds in a race usually decided by fractions.

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