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Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 16, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gesbert takes stage one of the Tour du Limousin; Landa signs two-year contract with Movistar Team; Van Baarle signs on for two more years with Cannondale-Drapac; Terpstra continues with QuickStep Floors, Leezer with LottoNL-Jumbo; Lappartient says UCI should set up a new top-level women’s stage race; Cycling world mourns death of 2004 Olympic champion Wooldridge; Threatened boycott of world team time trial championships appears to be over; Retired pro Iris Slappendel chases new land speed record; Bewley extends with Orica-Scott, says he wants to help squad achieve a major milestone; Preliminary order made against cyber-squatters in LeMond case; Greg Henderson ends pro cycling career; Meet the oldest female BMX racer in the US; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 7: Lookout Mountain

Threatened boycott of world team time trial championships appears to be over

by Shane Stokes

A week after Het Nieuwsblad reported that the peloton’s WorldTour teams were seriously considering boycotting this year’s team time trial world championships, Telesport has said the situation has been resolved.

Last week Het Nieuwsblad said that WorldTour teams had said that the concessions made prior to the 2016 worlds were not sufficient for the current season. Twelve months ago teams had threatened boycotting the worlds in Qatar, voicing concerns about the high costs of transporting equipment to the venue in Qatar.

In response to that the UCI made concessions, waiving compulsory participation, removing the WorldTour points up for grabs and giving each team 2,000 euros. This time around, the UCI said that it would pay 8,500 towards costs.

However, following two pro teams’ association AIGCP meetings held in July, the publication said that the association’s President Iwan Spekenbrink and Director Javier Barrio had issued a number of requests to the UCI. These likely concerned costs, which Het Nieuwsblad said are four to five times greater than what was offered.

The situation has now been resolved, according to Telesport, with the UCI apparently agreeing to pay teams the same amount it does for other WorldTour races.

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