In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Yves Lampaert wins the Vuelta’s opening road stage, takes red; Elia Viviani sprints to Cyclassics Hamburg win; Marianne Vos wins the Ladies Tour of Norway; Kasper Asgreen maintains Tour de l’Avenir lead after three stages; Henry Jaine, Kim Hurst win NZ Cyclocross titles; Australian track coach Gary West loses his battle with Motor Neurone Disease; QuickStep Floors signs Tour de l’Avenir stage winner Fabio Jakobsen; Opening bridge creates confusion at the Ladies Tour of Norway; QuickStep Floors and the transfer market logjam; Around the world in 80 days — Mark Beaumont’s journey through Australia; The Journey To The Other Side: Indian Pacific Wheel Race 2017 Documentary.
Your Monday Daily News Digest
If it seems like there’s been a lot of activity on the men’s rider transfer market since August 1, you’d be right. And as Andy Hood writes for VeloNews, a big reason for that was the uncertainty around the future of QuickStep Floors. Here’s an excerpt:
“Everyone’s contract at the long-running Belgian franchise, from the riders to sport directors to the staff, was up at the end of 2017.
By spring, riders were getting nervous about their respective futures. Agents were scurrying behind the scenes to make back-up plans. No one wants to be caught out in the cold without a contract. So when Lefevere quietly put out word early in the Tour that the team’s future was secure, many of these back-up deals were already in motion.
“It’s been good for the agents,” Lefevere sighed. “It’s all about money.”
Follow the link to see the full piece at VeloNews.