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by Mark Zalewski
November 2, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Verschueren defend in Koppenbergcross; Team Novo Nordisk CEO Southerland calls for more nuanced debate on TUEs; Vaughters on WorldTour: A race to the bottom; Shane Sutton responds to findings of internal investigation; Van der Haar returns to podium; Nicholas Roche talks about move from Sky to BMC; RideLondon-Surrey Classic and Velon sign three-year partnership; Phil Gaimon announces retirement; Bahrain-Merida filling out roster, has first training camp; Colin Joyce joins Rally Cycling; Jelly Belly trading gaining European experience with return of Tvetcov; Give your bicycle a ‘boost’; Ride a bike on your stomach.
After receiving WorldTour status for 2017, the RideLondon-Surrey Classic has signed a three-year agreement with Velon, not only ensuring the attendance of the top teams but that their top riders will participate in the event.
Velon will provide live and delayed on-bike video footage and live rider telemetry technology for the race coverage.
“This exciting new partnership with Velon takes the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic to a new level as it joins the WorldTour,” said event director Hugh Brasher.
“After just four years, Prudential RideLondon is firmly established as the world’s greatest festival of cycling with more than 100,000 riders participating in events for all ages and abilities, with WorldTour status, equal record prize money and live television coverage for both the men’s and women’s pro races. We know that the greatest names in bike racing will bring out the crowds in London and Surrey and inspire more people to take up cycling.”
“The future of our sport is taking the fans inside the race,” said 2016 winner Tom Boonen. “Velon’s technology has brought this new insight with on-board cameras and telemetry. It’s a new and modern way to show cycling especially when the data is also broadcast live during the races.”