Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

November 23, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Live coverage of women’s Cadel Evans Road Race, WorldTour status could be next; Rory Sutherland on Quintana and Contador’s similarities, being a team workhorse and more; Investigation finds possible corruption in Ponferrada world championships funding; British Cycling annual report shows ‘tremendous growth’; Four cyclists nominated for Italian athlete of the year; Cadel Evans and George Hincapie to race Cape Epic; Olympic champ Laura Kenny to return to racing in London; Former Irish U23 Jack Wilson ends career; Drunk driver who killed cyclist released from prison early; Local politician ‘attacked’ by squirrel while cycling; 2016 Dutch National Headwind Championships; Cyclocross has gone to the dogs.

Rory Sutherland on Quintana and Contador’s similarities, being a team workhorse and more

by VeloClub

Australian Rory Sutherland has had an interesting pro career. He began in the Rabobank development programme in 2002 and three years later moved up to the pro team. But after only one year at the top division, he backed away from the sport for a year and then took a contract with an American ProContinental team, then called HealthNet-Maxxis. He rode with that programme through 2012, which was also his best year of results as a team leader. However, that year also brought clarity into what he could and could not achieve in the sport, and he decided to head back to the top division in Europe, but in a support role. Here is an excerpt from the feature:

“It’s enough for me to just to have a consistent year where my team and teammates are happy with what I have done. That has given me pride in my job and contentment in what I am doing.

“This year and other years, the Movistar team is a consistently well-operated machine. We win races from the start to finish of the year at the highest level. Of course, being in the team in the Vuelta when we won with Nairo Quintana was an experience I have never had before. On the last day, when you are riding together after three weeks of hell….that was an experience that I have never had before. That was incredibly cool.

“Also the others races we won was an incredible experience for me too. Being there in the hilly Classics with Alejandro was great. I really enjoy racing with him. When we can win like that [he took Flèche Wallonne], it gives you meaning to what we are doing.

“Doing the Giro with Alejandro was also an incredible experience. He got on the podium and won a stage, making it a podium in all Grand Tours. I really enjoy racing with him.”

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