Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 15, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Richeze wins tight Suisse sprint; Judge rules that Operacion Puerto blood bags can finally be handed over; UCI, WADA to push for identification of Puerto athletes; Interview: Why Phil Gaimon believes Danielson wasn’t doping; Keagan Girdlestone out of coma and breathing unassisted; Dot watching – The Trans Am and the Tour Divide; Rio velodrome not ready until mid-July; UK Anti-Doping admits failures in Dan Stevens case; Copeland to manage new Bahrain team; Fabio Felline set to return to racing; Chris Anker Sørensen speaks of Tinkoff team exit; Cycling media loses valued member; Leah Kirchman extends with Liv-Plantur; Is cycling more harmful to the environment than a car?; Aviva Women’s Tour Of Britain Preview; Brandon Semenuk pins it for 100 seconds; Danny Van Poppel makes incredible save, is fined by commissaires 

Rio velodrome not ready until mid-July

by CyclingTips

The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, told reporters on Monday that construction of the Olympic velodrome would not be completed until mid-July. However, he said that the track itself will be ready for testing by the planned date of 25 June.

“We are going to deliver the velodrome complete and ready. We will have a test on June 25 for the benefit of the athletes,” Paes said.

“From a sporting perspective it is almost ready, including the track, lighting, air conditioning and access points. The final touches still need to be applied but there is no doubt it will be ready for the Olympics.”

Last month the government cancelled the contract with the construction firm in charge of building the velodrome, awarding it to a sub-contractor. There have also been concerns over the track itself being up to quality standards, due to the construction problems.

The venue was originally scheduled to open last year.

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