Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 25, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Wout Poels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Niemiec solos to stage 1 win at the Tour of Turkey; Matija Kvasina wins the Tour of Croatia; Barbara Guarischi wins the Omloop van Borsele; Christine Majerus wins the Dwars door de Westhoek; Slipstream Sports and Drapac to partner on development team in 2017; Vincenzo Nibali to join start-up Middle Eastern team?; UK track rider Jess Varnish claims sexist behaviour from coach; Marianne Vos’s unusual sprint crash; Sondre Holst Enger celebrates his Tour of Croatia stage win.

Slipstream Sports and Drapac to partner on development team in 2017

by Matt de Neef

Beginning in 2017, Slipstream Sports, the management company behind the Cannondale Pro Cycling Team, will partner with Drapac Capital Partners, sponsor of the Australian Pro Continental squad, to create a development squad with an emphasis on higher education as well as racing.

The team will be a UCI Continental registered squad, based in Australia, competing in Europe for part of the season, both teams announced Saturday in a press release.

Team management will require riders to enroll in university courses or apprenticeship programs during the off-season — a mandatory requirement — but will build a racing schedule conducive to education curriculum. The intention is to develop bike racers into well-rounded individuals.

“I’ve seen too many great people dedicate their lives to cycling and they’ve totally ignored everything else,” said Michael Drapac, founder and sponsor of the Drapac team. “And then something happens, a crash or they aren’t able to move up in the ranks, something. And they have enormous difficulty recovering as human beings. We seek to prevent that. We seek to prevent athletes being used as disposable assets.”

More information about the partnership will be released in late June, just prior to the start of the Tour de France.

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