Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 26, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Kluge spoils sprinters’ day and gives IAM a reason to smile at Giro d’Italia; Wout Van Aert wins Baloise Belgium Tour prologue; Project 2016: The story behind USA Cycling’s revolutionary new track bikes; Chaves loses teammate support in Mezgec; Dimension Data seeking Grand Tour squad for 2017; British Cycling review panel names three; Sagan seeking wildcard spot for cross-country MTB at Rio Olympics; Giant-Alpecin names Tour de France long-list; Reports link Degenkolb to Trek-Segafredo; Teenaged Dygert’s talent still seems limitless; Giro stage 17 highlights; An Post RáS 2016 – Stage 3 highlights; 360 video of descent; Wiggins to race London six day race; Orica-GreenEdge backstage pass: Giro stage 17

Sagan seeking wildcard spot for cross-country MTB at Rio Olympics

by Daniel Ostanek

World road champion Peter Sagan will be one of many big names racing at the Rio Olympics, representing Slovakia on a tough course that includes four climbs of a mountain.

With Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana among the favourites, it’s no surprise that Sagan has been playing down his medal chances, and now it seems he will be looking elsewhere for a shot at gold come August.

It was confirmed today that the Slovak Cycling Federation (SZC) has sent a request to the UCI for Sagan to be awarded a wildcard slot to compete in the cross-country mountain-bike race in Rio.

“Today we received information from the SZC, that they are requesting from the UCI a wild card for the Olympic cross-country MTB race in Rio,” Lubomir Soucek of the Slovak Olympic Committee wrote in an email. “The request of the SZC is to award the wildcard to Peter Sagan.”

Slovakia has one cross-country spot confirmed through the UCI’s qualification system, with either Michal Lami or Martin Haring likely to take it. But with Sagan having expressed doubts over his ability to compete for a medal on the road, the SZC are hoping he can ride the cross-country race, held in Deodoro west of Rio, too.

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