Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

April 4, 2017

Photography by Kristof Ramon

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Matthews wins Stage 1 of Vuelta al Pais Vasco; D’Hoore takes Grand Prix de Dottignies; Uncertainty over Vanmarcke’s Roubaix participation; Phinney could be back for Paris-Roubaix; No major issues for Sagan after Flanders crash, video clarifies how fall happened; Cancellara calls Sagan position on Kwaremont a mistake; Ferrari handed 18-month prison sentence, will appeal; Greipel sets sights on Scheldeprijs; Tour of the Battenkill adds UCI event for 2017; No uphill Mogollon finish for Tour of the Gila this year; Title sponsor of Wellens-managed Steylaerts-Verona team extends for two years; 2017 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen Highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Chantal Blaak

Title sponsor of Wellens-managed Steylaerts-Verona team extends for two years

by Mark Zalewski

The title sponsor of the Steylaerts-Verona cyclocross team, managed by former world champion Bart Wellens, has extended its sponsorship for two more years following a successful first year in the sport. The team was led by Belgian Gianni Vermeersch who had a strong finish to the season, including a top-ten at the Belgian national championship, followed up by eighth at the world championship.

“Our first experience of cyclocross was a hit, so we have extended our agreement for two years,” said manager Patrick Steylaerts.

“That was the premise of our engagement. The first season was promising and we hope that the riders can still make more progress. The mentality and the commitment of our riders, and by extension the whole cyclocross peloton, already fits well with us as a company and as such our reputation got a boost. It is now the intention to grow after a good first season as a team.”

“Of course it is very nice to hear Steylaerts Bathroom Renovation gives us the opportunity to grow even further,” said Wellens.

“After a difficult start we achieved good results in the second part of last season. We have much work ahead, but this news is already a big step in the right direction.”