Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

November 17, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Resurrection man: Keagan Girdlestone’s remarkable recovery from a near-fatal crash; Norwegian federation alleges junior rider intentionally struck by police vehicle in Qatar; Thomas Dekker confirms ‘Luigi’ as his Puerto code name; Wiggins breaks media silence at Ghent Six Day; Allan Peiper believes Richie Porte can with the 2017 Tour; Dutch Giro start organisers report loss of 400,000 Euros; Segafredo extends sponsorship for two years; Norma Gimondi running for head of Italian Cycling Federation; ORICA-BikeExchange finalises roster; Mike Creed talks about plans for new team; 100th anniversary of record-breaking ride from Adelaide to Darwin celebrated; 1992 AIS road team documentary.

Thomas Dekker confirms ‘Luigi’ as his Puerto code name

by CyclingTips

Former pro Thomas Dekker admitted that he is the rider associated with the codename ‘Luigi’ in Eufemiano Fuentes’ files uncovered in 2006 during the Operación Puerto investigation. This finally puts to rest the rumours that the codename belonged to Swiss rider and Rio Olympic time trial champion Fabian Cancellara.

“Fuentes gave me that nickname,” Dekker said in an interview with Belgian magazine Humo following the release of his tell-all book about doping. “That’s me, and no one else. “I came in contact with Fuentes through my agent, Jacques Hanegraaf. He introduced me to Fuentes and Luigi Cecchini. [Cecchini] was my trainer, I remember the first time I met him and what we talked about, it was all about training performance and not doping performance.”

A list of nearly 200 codenames were discovered during the Operación Puerto investigation — with some eventually linked to cyclists such as Tyler Hamilton, Ivan Basso, Michele Scarponi, Jan Ullrich, and Alejandro Valverde — while others remained unknown. Hamilton suggested in an interview that the ‘Luigi’ codename was Cancellara.

That rumor was revitalized in August when Lance Armstrong Tweeted after Cancellara’s Olympic win: “@TrekSegafredo Luigi!!” However, Dekker later sent a text message to former teammate Phil Gaimon, which was posted to Twitter:

Dekker served a suspension for doping violations and later joined Jonathan Vaughters’ Slipstream organisation, but was unable to find a contract after the 2015 season.

Click through to read more at Humo.