Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 1, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Giacoppo regains lead with stage win at Tour of Japan; Problems continue with Rio Olympic velodrome construction; More operations for Stig Broeckx following motorcycle-caused crash;  Sergio Henao cleared to return to racing; David De La Cruz sidelined after emergency appendectomy; Skjerping alleges negligence with motorcycle crash at Belgium Tour; Team win rankings update post-Giro; Eddy Merckx accused of corruption; Police suggest one metre passing law will increase dangers; Jacky Durand calls for feed zone safety measures; Sci-Con world bike backing champion crowned; Recovery is key to stage racing

Team win rankings update post-Giro

by CyclingTips

The Inner Ring updated the team win rankings following the conclusion of the Giro d’Italia, and the Etixx-QuickStep squad continues to dominate the WorldTour table, due to its success at the first Grand Tour. Also showing well on the Pro Continental level is the Direct Energie team, which has more wins than the next two teams combined.

On the other end of the table, some teams are having trouble finding the top step of the podium, and the implications of that metric could have real impacts in terms of sponsorship.

Here is an excerpt from the analysis:

If cycling did relegation and promotion then several teams are near the drop zone. But it doesn’t and the likes of Cannondale are safe, indeed the US team is said to be merging with Pro Conti team Drapac.

The UCI caps teams sizes so a merger isn’t like a business deal where 1+1=2. In reality Cannondale’s merger looks like a way to get a co-sponsor on board with Australian real estate mogul Michael Drapac. The team has done it all before when the Garmin and Cervélo teams merged. It was said IAM Cycling looked at a merger with BMC but that didn’t work out so the Swiss squad is stopping, meaning one of the newest joiners to the World Tour is leaving. There’s no news on Tinkoff‘s future either but during the Giro La Gazzetta reported Alberto Contador could be working with Ivan Basso to take over the team.

Meanwhile of the new Bahraini team links up with Lampre it’ll mean changes in this team, in comes Nibali and his circle of riders and staff meaning out will go some; possibly including Merida too with Argon 18 coming in which means changes for the Bora team. It all makes for a big merry go round, a game of musical chairs.

Click through to read more at The Inner Ring.