Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 3, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Degenkolb wins rough and tumble Dubai sprint; Damien Howson takes Sun Tour lead with solo victory on Falls Creek; Kristoff fires back with win at Etoile de Bessèges, stage 2; Tony Martin solos to win at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Stuyven forging his own path despite past comparisons with Classics kings; Grivko punches Kittel amidst tense crosswinds in Dubai; Should welfare come before winning?; Canyon coming to the US market by summer; Judge rules against lawsuit over Dekker’s tell-all book; Pair recreates 1928 Aussie-Kiwi Tour de France ride in documentary; Cadel Evans joins ride for veterans with PTSD; Video: Crosswinds wreak havoc in Dubai; Skoda ad features career of Bradley Wiggins.

Should welfare come before winning?

by CyclingTips

The BBC’s Dan Road summarized the growing problems facing British Cycling, and UK Sport in general, posing the question of what matters more: athlete welfare or winning medals? While elite athletics have high stakes that involve a lot of money, much of it public funds, he argues a line needs to be drawn between pushing hard and pushing too much. Here is an excerpt:

Have governing bodies become too powerful? Does there need to be a greater duty of care towards athletes? More thought given to their lives after their contracts come to an end? Is their an imbalance in the relationship between competitor and coach? Are there cultures of fear at some governing bodies? These are the questions Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has been wrestling with over the past year. Her government-commissioned review into safety and wellbeing in sport is due to report in the next few weeks.

You may not have heard about it, but in the aftermath of what looks like being an explosive report by Phelps, and the shocking child sex abuse scandal in football, the publication of Grey-Thompson’s recommendations could prove highly significant.

No one can deny that the demanding, uncompromising approach adopted by bodies like British Cycling has contributed to medals, and plenty of them. It partly explains how Team GB rose to second place in the Rio medal table. But at what cost? British Rowing’s coaching culture was described on Wednesday as “hard and unrelenting” but cleared of bullying by an internal inquiry. But it also urged more care to be taken of athletes’ well-being.

There is a growing sense that the time may have come for British sport to give as much thought to welfare as it does to winning. And in doing so, usher in a new era in the country’s sporting evolution.

Click through to read more at the BBC.