Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 22, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Brailsford and other witnesses may be called to give further evidence in Sky package inquiry; Songezo Jim signs with Kuwait –; Sophie de Boer reveals 2017 team; Stybar to race two cyclocross events next week; Marc Sergeant talks about Lotto Soudal early season plans; Stephen Swart: ‘Lance Armstrong had no intention of picking up the phone’; Rally Cycling holds winter training camp; Hagens Berman-Supermint announces roster; SBS and Fox Sports to broadcast Australian Road National Championships; Cycling UK pressuring Sunday Times to print apology over ‘pro-dooring’ column; Man accused of hitting, dragging cyclist walks free; 89-year-old handing out high-vis vests to cyclists for safety; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour.

Songezo Jim signs with Kuwait –

by CyclingTips

Songezo Jim has landed a spot for the 2017 season with the UCI Continental team.

The 26-year-old made history in 2015 when he became the first Black South African to ride the Vuelta a España, and this year he did the same when he raced in the Giro d’Italia.

However, his contract with the Team Dimension Data was not renewed, despite assurances during the Giro d’Italia that it would be.

“The team shouldn’t have said that during the Giro,” Jim told CyclingTips earlier this month. “I remember I had a meeting with them the day of the time trial in Chianti. I don’t think it is the right thing to tell someone this [that he will be retained – ed.] and then do the other thing. So that is the whole thing that made me a bit…[pauses]…I don’t know.”

With two WorldTour teams closing shop, spots were few and far between for many riders this transfer season.