IndiPac cancelled; Adrien Costa bows out, for now: Daily News Digest

by Caley Fretz

February 7, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Adrien Costa gives up his spot at Hagens Berman Axeon; 2018 Indian Pacific Wheel Race cancelled; Fernando Gaviria wins first stage of Colombia Oro y Paz; Dylan Groenewegen fastest in Dubai; beautiful photos from the cyclocross world championships; Gallery: the Jayco Herald Sun Tour; Cavendish mulls switch to motorbikes after cycling; a Superbowl ad for the state championships; hero’s welcome at Colombia Oro y Paz

Strange Tweets and a possible hack from Vuelta a San Juan

by Caley Fretz

This one’s a head-scratcher. Mid-day Monday, the Twitter account of the Vuelta a San Juan sent a message warning that there would soon be an announcement of a doping positive from its race, which was won by Gonzalo Najar over Oscar Sevilla last month. That Tweet was then removed, about an hour later.

A few hours later, the same Twitter account posted a statement saying its account had been hacked and that it was working to “guarantee the security of its social media.”

If there was a doping positive from the race, we should soon see it on the UCI’s provisional suspension list (as of publishing this, no new names have been added since the 12 positives from Costa Rica). If there was no doping positive, some hacker has way too much time on their hands.