Drama in Hainan, European CX champs, Domane gravel builds: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

November 6, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Jacopo Mosca wins the Tour of Hainan, Joe Cooper claims final stage; Van der Poel and Cant win European CX titles; Mark Cavendish wins the Saitama Criterium; Ben Hill suffers fractured vertebrae in Tour of Hainan crash; Rider kicked off Tour of Hainan for fighting with rival team; Trek expands its Domane range with new gravel-specific builds; Jonathan Vaughters calls for franchise structure for pro cycling; Dutch cyclist forced to retire at 22 due to heart problem; Jersey revealed for Contador/Basso Continental team; Aqua Blue Sport reveals 3T Strada 1x setup for 2018; Danny MacAskill testing Santa Cruz wheels.

Rider kicked off Tour of Hainan for fighting with rival team

by CyclingTips

Also at the Tour of Hainan, Chinese rider Xin Wang (Keyi Look) and his team were kicked off the race on stage 7 after Wang attacked several members of the Swiss National Team staff.

During the stage, Wang was caught on camera throwing a bottle at the Swiss team car. Wang was also caught on camera after the finish, attacking several staff members before fetching a pump from a team car, seemingly with the intention of using it as a weapon.

Race organisers disqualified Wang and the whole Keyi Look outfit from the race, saying in a statement: “The team was instructed to leave the island of Hainan on the spot and will not be welcomed back at the Tour of Hainan. In any race circumstances, every participant must follow the rules of the UCI and the CCA [Chinese Cycling Association] and refrain from any violent or disrespectful behaviour that would damage the image of the sport. Wang’s behavior is not acceptable and doesn’t reflect Chinese cycling. Hainan people are known for being very friendly. The image and the reputation of the Tour of Hainan cannot be tarnished by such improper behavior. Fighting will never be permitted in this event.”

The incident appears to have started in-race, with Wang feeling he was bumped by the Swiss team car. Danilo Honda, manager of the Swiss team, told Eurosport that no contact was made: “We never bumped into him. You can see that from the race video. He simply hit the back wheel of another rider and went down. He was obviously embarrassed and took out his frustration on us.

“We tried to approach him after the race, in fact we waited 45 minutes after the finish for him to cross to apologise for any misunderstandings and to show him and his team that we respect them and meant no harm. But both he and his team approached us with anger and everything escalated from there.”

Follow the link to read more at Eurosport.