In today’s Daily News Digest: Vuillermoz wins stage 2 of the Tour du Limousin; Kittel signs two-year contract with Katusha-Alpecin; Viviani to race for QuickStep Floors until end of 2019; Dimension Data confirms Vuelta lineup, Morton to make his debut; Warbasse, Denifl and Blythe lead Aqua Blue Sport in team’s first Vuelta; Molly Weaver moves to Drops Cycling; Olympic champion Rissveds to miss MTB worlds due to sponsorship clash with national federation; Team Sky unveils new ‘Race Hub’ for Vuelta a España; Video: Don’t try this at home part I; Video: Don’t try this at home part II
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Known as the team with the biggest budget in cycling, Team Sky has splashed out on a new ‘Race Hub’ which it will use in the Vuelta a España and other events in the future. It announced details of the setup today, with the structure an expanding vehicle with multiple rooms.
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“The Race Hub forms an important part of Team Sky’s programme to support all its staff at race and modernise the on race accommodation provided for them,” it explained in a statement. “The Team Sky Race Hub will provide a new flexible space for riders and staff that can be used on race in a variety of different ways – for example communal eating, team briefings and pre and post-race relaxation. It can also be used for guest hospitality and media.”
Team Principal Dave Brailsford said that the team has always prioritised the support it gives to riders and staff. “We all know how demanding Grand Tours can be. The nature of our sport inevitably involves thousands of kilometres of racing, constant travel between stages, ever-changing hotel accommodation and long hours. We know how much all our people give to the team and the sacrifices they make.
“As a result we have become increasingly focused over the past year on the need to provide our staff with an environment where we can look after them even better – a space where they can relax more easily, eat and be briefed together. Rest and recovery are obviously every bit as important as training for performance.”
The team was involved in controversy two years ago when it announced that it would bring a mobile home on the race for its designated team leader to sleep in. The UCI acted quickly to quash this, saying that all riders need to stay in the same level of accommodation as others.