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by Mark Zalewski
March 23, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Strength in numbers: Quick-Step goes 1-2 from breakaway at Dwars Door Vlaanderen; Lotta Lepistö wins Dwars door Vlaanderen; Valverde wins in Catalunya, Van Garderen into lead; Movistar team responds to Catalunya TTT relegation; Team Wiggins left out of Tour de Yorkshire; Lars Boom ‘In Astana I lacked the necessary support’; Reijnen comes away with a few stitches after crashing into ditch at Dwars door Vlaanderen; British amateur cyclist suspended two years for doping positive; Cylance men’s team to race entirely on disc brakes; Trofeo Alfredo Binda highlights; Kenny Belaey rides the UCI HQ; Video: Flanders Classics 2016 compilation.
After the lineup for the Tour de Yorkshire was announced yesterday, Team Wiggins was shocked to be the only British UCI Continental team not included for the April 28-30 race.
“It’s very disappointing and it is very much a surprise,” Simon Cope, the team’s sports director, told Cycling Weekly. “I don’t really know why. It’s a very strange one. We turned down races in that period because of the Tour de Yorkshire so there’s a big window opening now, but we’ll take a look at the UCI calendar and see if we can get something to substitute it with. It’s getting late in the day now, so I’m not sure what race that will be, but we’ll try and find something.”
Cope is currently one of the names embroiled in the British Cycling and Team Sky scandal at the centre of a independent investigation. However, he did not indicate whether or not his involvement with that and the team affected the non-selection.
“Good or bad press at the moment, there’s a percentage of the UK population who will be going to the race who want to see Wiggins there.
“Out of the six British Conti teams, and bearing in mind we are a development team, we are the second best British team in the [UCI Europe Tour team] rankings behind One Pro. You would have thought that we would have got in, but the organisers have made their selection and that’s it, we can’t do anything about it. We will have to go and find another bike race to do.”
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