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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
A year ago WorldTour teams threatened to boycott the world team time trial championships, voicing concerns about the high costs of transporting equipment to the venue in Qatar. The UCI made concessions, waiving compulsory participation, removing the WorldTour points up for grabs and giving each team 2,000 euros.
However, while this year’s worlds is in Norway and thus less costly to travel to, Het Nieuwsblad has said that many WorldTour teams have decided not to compete this time around. It said that the teams’ association AIGCP held two meetings during the Tour de France. Following those, President Iwan Spekenbrink and Director Javier Barrio issued a number of requests to the UCI.
These demands have apparently not been met, according to QuickStep Floors’ CEO Patrick Lefevere. “I see the AIGCP emails coming in,” he stated. “They all say: We’re not going. Fascinating, I think.” It is unclear if he is in support of such a move, particularly as his team won last year’s race.
According to the newspaper, teams were set to be offered 8,500 euro towards costs this year. However it said that the logistical expense is four to five times greater than this.
Click through to read the story at Het Nieuwsblad.