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by Mark Zalewski
December 15, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dutch cycling federation launches investigation into harassment as riders speak out; Cadel’s Race gets curtain-raiser crit on Melbourne’s Albert Park F1 circuit; Peter Sagan considering using disc brakes for 2017 Paris-Roubaix; Tiesj Benoot extends with Lotto Soudal until 2019; Ekimov elected as president of Russian Cycling Federation; Team UniSA-Australia names Tour Down Under first four; Geraint Thomas unable to defend Commonwealth Games title; Rohan Dennis still eyeing hour record; Joe Dombrowski’s uphill hour record; Latour breaks finger during training camp; Amador fined for riding on highway; Thieves use cycling apps to target victims; Movistar’s holiday season video.
Cycling Australia confirmed today that Lucas Hamilton (Victoria), Jai Hindley and Michael Storer (both Western Australia), and local rider Callum Scotson (South Australia) will all take the Tour Down Under start line as part of the national team UniSA-Australia. The UCI permits certain WorldTour races to include a national team if it deems it to be of strategic importance to the development of cycling.
Callum Scotson (AUS) pictured during the ITT Under 23 Time Trial of the UCI Road World Championships 2016 in Qatar.
“The UniSA-Australia national team provides an exciting opportunity for Australian cycling talent to compete in their home country and the world stage simultaneously, some for the very first time,” said Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell.
The riders have all had a strong 2016 season with Hamilton, Hindley and Storer part of the team classification win at the Tour de l’Avenir, while Scotson won a silver medal after his performance in the team pursuit at Rio. He is also the current U23 national TT champion.
“Hostworks Stage 1 in the Barossa could shape up to be very interesting for Callum,” said race director Mike Turtur. “Callum is a local Gawler boy and he’ll be racing on his home turf. It could shape up to be an interesting day for him.”
The remaining three riders to be selected for the team will be confirmed and announced after the Australian Road Championships next month.
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