Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 1, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Giacoppo regains lead with stage win at Tour of Japan; Problems continue with Rio Olympic velodrome construction; More operations for Stig Broeckx following motorcycle-caused crash;  Sergio Henao cleared to return to racing; David De La Cruz sidelined after emergency appendectomy; Skjerping alleges negligence with motorcycle crash at Belgium Tour; Team win rankings update post-Giro; Eddy Merckx accused of corruption; Police suggest one metre passing law will increase dangers; Jacky Durand calls for feed zone safety measures; Sci-Con world bike backing champion crowned; Recovery is key to stage racing

Sergio Henao cleared to return to racing

by CyclingTips

Team Sky’s Sergio Henao is cleared to return to racing after the UCI announced that the investigation into his athlete biological passport did not warrant further examination.

Henao’s biological passport and levels tracked between August 2011 and June of last year were called into question and investigated for possible blood manipulations. As a result, Henao was sidelined by his team in April for the duration of the inquiry.

Since then Henao had supplied additional information to the investigators, along with support from Team Sky. The team argued that riders from altitude would have differences than others from lower altitudes.

“We are pleased but not surprised by this outcome,” Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford said in a statement. “What this process has highlighted is the gap in research regarding the physiology of athletes like Sergio who are born and raised at high altitude and who continue to spend prolonged periods of time living at altitude.”

“I am happy this is finally over,” said Henao. “It has been a difficult time for me but I know I have done nothing wrong, so I was confident the UCI would come to this decision.”