Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 21, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Daily Mail reveals Brailsford tried to kill Wiggins medical package story; Outcome of Brailsford testimony: ‘should pay with his job’; UCI awards Lampre-Merida WorldTour license to UAE Abu Dhabi; Wout van Aert to race on Felt in 2017; Lars van der Haar possible for Heusden-Zolder World Cup; Leif Hoste refusing to pay fine for abnormal blood values; Vicente Reynes announces retirement; Uber admits to self-driving car ‘problem’ in bike lanes; Rolling with Lance Armstrong; Bahrain-Merida unveils team kit; Herne Hill Velodrome crowd-funding campaign surpasses goal; Johanna Jahnke short documentary; Hawke’s Bay Summer Cycling Carnival.

Rolling with Lance Armstrong

by CyclingTips

As reported, Lance Armstrong is currently in New Zealand as part of an advertising promotion for a brewery. While there he decided to go for a ride around Aucklund and announced it on social media, resulting in a large group of people who are still fans of the disgraced former pro turning up. Mike van Niekerk of the New Zealand Herald went on the ride to find out why people still support Armstrong. Here is an excerpt:

Being a regular on social media, Armstrong must have had to suck up a lot of personal abuse. These days he doesn’t lash back as he did in the early years. He speaks understandingly of the people who castigate him, as he did to the media this morning.

And there are still the fans, several hundred of them who came excitedly to catch a glimpse of him this morning. Among the lycra outfits on show were those from Discovery Channel, US Postal and Radio Shack, three of the professional teams he raced for, as well as Mellow Johnnys, the bike shop he part-owns in Texas and the charity foundation Livestrong, which he was forced to resign from.

Jumbish Jain, from Melbourne, was kitted head-to-toe in Livestrong. He had heard yesterday that Armstrong was going for a ride in Auckland and booked his overnight flight from Australia immediately. “What made you do that?” I asked him. “Oh my God,” he replied. “How much time have you got? The man is amazing”.

I asked a younger fan, 13-year-old Thomas, riding just behind Armstrong what he thought of him. “I think the media is unfair to him,” he said. But, I asked, hadn’t he done bad things? “Yes, but he was still an awesome athlete,” said the young man.

Click through to read more at the New Zealand Herald.