In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet sprints Gilbert to win Flanders warm-up in Harelbeke; Valverde wins Catalunya queen stage, takes lead; Skujinš wins Coppi e Bartali stage, takes over lead; Multiple crashes in E3 Harelbeke; Owain Doull says current Sky riders should not be rolled into doping controversy; Patrick Lefevere ‘Founder of Gent-Wevelgem turning in his grave’; Sean Kelly on how to reform cycling; Women’s E3 Harelbeke in 2018?; Two SEG Racing Academy riders sidelined with injuries; Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic will run in 2017; Irish company turns to crowdfunding to broadcast domestic events; Video: Dr. Mitch Anderson’s 12hr World Record.
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Irish cycling legend Sean Kelly thinks that something needs to be done to change the way the sport has evolved, with one dominant team buying all the top talent, creating a large gap between it and other teams. In an interview with Sticky Bottle he suggest that a salary cap, similar to other major sports, would level the playing field and create more exciting racing. Here is an excerpt:
“I think there should be a cap some way on the top teams because they’re going further ahead and the other teams getting wild cards, the gap there is growing too much,” he said. “A salary cap or a cap on the number of riders you can have on their classement (in the UCI rankings), you can’t have all the top riders.
“With Team Sky, the moment a rider starts going well… it’s almost like the time with Merckx, when the rider goes well Merckx buys him so he wouldn’t be a challenge to him. Sky is the same, look at Kwiatkowski, they buy those riders in. Mikel Landa, the moment he started doing well, they signed him up.”
In Chris Froome they have the world’s best Grand Tour rider and Kelly cannot see him being beaten this year as he chases Tour number four and his third in-a-row.
“When you look at Froome and Sky, Froome was so impressive in the Tour last year but they had such a strong team.”
Click through to read more at Sticky Bottle.