Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 13, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: British Cycling funding cut by £4 million; Stig Broeckx continues to make small improvements; Team Smartstop riders finally to get 2015 wages; Niels Albert worries two-man race not exciting enough for spectators; Viacheslav Ekimov nominated for president of Russian Cycling Federation; GreenEdge teams will be ORICA-Scott in 2017; Unitedhealthcare names rosters for 2017; Avanti IsoWhey and SwissWellness merge to create IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness team; Canadian development team Silber reloads with young talent; BMC announces kit, tire sponsorship changes; Field, Payton win cyclocross British Cycling National Trophy; Rider recruited by Wiggins via Instagram; ‘Off the Beaten’ Path adventure cycling film.

Rider recruited by Wiggins via Instagram

by CyclingTips

Italian Leonardo Fedrigo got a surprise message on his Instagram account while he was searching for a 2017 team, from a certain Bradley Wiggins, inviting him to ride for his the Wiggins team next year.

I am happy and proud to announce my 2017 with @wigginsofficial ????#fedriGO #LF #teamwiggins #dream

A photo posted by Leonardo Fedrigo (@leofedrigo) on

“It was Wiggins himself who wrote to me in private to see if I wanted to ride for his team,” he said. “From Instagram, we went to e-mail. First with him and then with the team’s manager, Andrew McQuaid, and Sports Director Simon Cope.

“I was already in contact with team Zalf-Fior, but after an offer like that … I’m crazy about Wiggins, I’ve seen all the documentaries about him.”

The 20-year-old from Verona has ridden on both the track and road, and won the national points race title in the beginners’ category. He has raced the last two seasons with Cipollini Iseo.

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