Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 8, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Twenty-nine at the line! Cavendish surpasses Hinault, slots into second in all-time Tour stage wins; Giro Rosa Round-up: Stevens wins atop Madonna della Guardia, Guarnier is back in pink; Sterbini soloes to Austria stage victory; Von Hoff sprints to stage win in Sibiu Cycling Tour; Tour leader Van Avermaet on taking yellow: ‘I think it’s once in a lifetime for me’; Holm: ‘If Dan Martin doesn’t finish top ten I’ll cut off his ears’; How Greg Henderson went beyond the call of duty to make Tour de France team; Rights groups urge sponsors not to back Bahrain WorldTour team; Report: Contador to Trek-Segafredo in 2017; 19-year-old suspended for EPO use; British Cycling and Cycling UK call for more land access for bikes; Cyclocosm’s How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 1-5; Mara Abbott on the Giro Rosa; Tour de France, stage 5 on-board highlights; Tour de France rider quiz: Who’s the grumpiest rider?; Life on the Tour: CyclingTips 2016 Tour de France Vlog, part 1; Alaphilippe pulls one of the oldest tricks in the book

Rights groups urge sponsors not to back Bahrain WorldTour team

by VeloClub

The team is months away from riding its first race but, already, it seems the Bahrain WorldTour project has mountains to climb.

Rights groups have announced that they have taken active measures to try to hamper the project, with two bodies contacting sponsors to warn them off.

The project was officially announced in May and has been linked to former Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali. However the involvement of Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa has proven controversial, due to allegations that he has directly and indirectly been involved in torture.

“We believe that being affiliated with Prince Nasser in a cycling project will cause severe reputational damage to your brand and the sport of cycling as a whole,” stated two rights groups in letters sent to 15 potential sponsors on Wednesday. “We therefore ask that you reject any economic and technical partnership with the Bahrain WorldTour team.”

The push is led by the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) plus the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR). These two groups had previously contacted the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) last month about their concerns, urging it to refuse a WorldTour licence.

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