In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Valverde takes record fifth Flèche Wallonne with characteristic surge; Anna van der Breggen pulls a hattrick in Flèche Wallonne; Thomas leads 1-2 Sky finish in Tour of the Alps, taking over race lead; Durasek wins snow-shortened stage at Tour of Croatia and takes lead; From hip fracture to Ardennes Classics contention: Ashleigh Moolman Pasio’s fight back from injury; Leif Hoste wins appeal against fine in doping case; Terpstra resumes training; Cycling safety advocate killed in collision with vehicle; Full Cycle returns to Australian TV from tonight; Video: La Flèche Wallonne highlights; Video: Why is it so hot inside a velodrome?; Video: Cycling South America.
Your Thursday Daily News Digest
While we all love cycling, it’s a sport still struggling for mainstream recognition. Which is why it’s great to see Full Cycle back on free-to-air TV here in Australia. Full Cycle founder and host (and Olympic gold medalist) Scott McGrory previews the new season:
“We’re really happy to be back on air with Full Cycle for another season, and personally I’m proud that in 2016 and 2017 we have been able for the first time in Australia to have a weekly cycling show on mainstream commercial television. What that means is cycling gets to reach a potential new audience, the mainstream sports fans, not just the hardcore cycling audience. And for cycling to grow in Australia that’s the demographic we need to see get interested in our sport. So if Full Cycle helps in any small way to boost the profile of cycling in Australia then we have to be happy with that.
We have a select group of experts to co-host with me, including Brad McGee OAM, an Olympic Gold Medalist and Tour de France stage winner; David McKenzie, a Giro d’Italia stage winner; Kate Bates, a World Track Champion & Australian Road Champ; plus Nick Gates, also a former Aussie Road Champ and team mate of Cadel Evans and Robbie McEwen.
Full Cycle has created a partnership with Channel 9 and Fox Sports so we can maximise the potential of show across multiple networks. We air on Fox Sports every Thursday night, replayed several times, and on Channel 9 Sunday’s just after midday. Times vary from state to state so check your local guides.