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by Mark Zalewski
December 7, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Marianne Vos to return to cyclocross this month; Paralympian Michael Gallagher opens up about his EPO doping: ‘It’s a good thing I got caught’; Future of TJ Sport team uncertain; Doctor presents controversial article on dehydration and climbing power; Niels Albert on van Aert form and a Nys comeback; Tom Van Asbroeck to Cannondale-Drapac; Jason Lowndes signs for Cycling Academy Team; More speculation about 2017 Vuelta route; Louis Vuitton buys Pinarello; JLT–Condor unveils 2017 kit; State of Matter MAAP Racing to fold; Italy’s Strava king, son of doping doctor, trying to turn pro at 38; Cyclist killed by truck ruled accidental due to use of headphones; Jens Keukeleire unique off-season training; Beach racing in Belgium.
The State of Matter MAAP development team announced that it will fold at the end of this season, instead of merging with an Australian “established NRS squad” after a last-minute withdrawal.
“In the middle of the 2016 season we entered negotiations to merge the SofM MAAP team with an established NRS squad,” the team wrote on Facebook. “We believed that combining our strengths would create an exceptional high performance environment for our athletes and deliver outstanding value for our sponsor partners.
“Following the last-minute withdrawal of our merger partner, the State of Matter MAAP Team will be winding up operations from December 31st 2016 and will not be fielding a NRS squad in 2017. The timing of this withdrawal has simply left us with insufficient time to build a complete Continental-level team with one month until the Australian National Championships.”
The development team focused on racing in Australia and Asia, and had two stage wins at the Tour de Kumano and New Zealand Cycle Classic.
“We remain committed to the sport of cycling and will look for other avenues to support rider development in 2017.”