Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 29, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Yin and Yang: BMC teammates Phinney, Bookwalter form two-man U.S. Olympic road team; Who Will Win The Mountains Jersey?; Inside Australia’s Olympic track cycling medal factory; Rio velodrome opens for business; Cofidis backs Bouhanni for Le Tour; Astana brings Aru and Nibali to Tour; Quintana leads Movistar line-up for Tour de France; Pantani murder case closed; Cyclist killed by alleged DUI hit-and-run; Olds, Bertine recovering from head injuries; New Orica-GreenEdge sponsor announcement expected soon; Sonar helps police catch drivers passing too close to cyclists; Cyclocosm’s 2016 Tour de France Preview; Behind the scenes with Bob Jungels

Rio velodrome opens for business

by CyclingTips

After many reports of delays and problems, including the firing of the construction contractor, the Rio Olympic velodrome opened last weekend and hosted its first event with success.

“The track is fast and smooth and the wood is great. I think some great times will be done in the Olympics. I can’t wait to come back in August. There will be some great races,” said Gael Suter who won the men’s event.

Cyclists from six countries took part in the test event.

“We are very happy with the outcome of the sports test,” said Gilles Peruzzi, the UCI’s track and para-cycling manager. “There has been great progress in the last few weeks. It’s a very good venue.”

The Mayor of Rio de Janeiro officially handed over responsibility for the venue, located in Barra Olympic Park, to the Rio 2016 organising committee in a ceremony on Sunday.

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