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by Neal Rogers
June 23, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: UCI rule changes for 2018 include eight-man teams for Grand Tours, maximum peloton size of 176 riders; Team Sky announces Tour de France team intent on bringing Froome a fourth title; Froome: ‘This year’s Tour route doesn’t necessarily suit me’; BMC Racing announces Tour de France roster built around Richie Porte as sole leader; After runner-up finish at Giro d’Italia, Quintana ready to take on Froome at Tour de France; Gilbert seeking a third Belgian national road title in Antwerp; Tour de France champion Greg LeMond signs huge carbon fibre deal with Deakin University; Team Rwanda invited to Colorado Classic; Research delves into which nations hold overall best athletic prowess across all sports; Man rides 1,400 miles to hear deceased daughter’s heartbeat on Father’s Day
Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond’s moves into the carbon fibre industry have gathered pace with the signing of a US $44 million [near-$58 million AUS] deal with Deakin University in Geelong, Australia. The agreement will be inked with Deakin vice chancellor Jane den Hollander at Waurn Ponds, licencing technology developed at Deakin’s Geelong-based carbon fibre research centre, Carbon Nexus.
The aim is to dramatically cut the cost of carbon fibre production for a wide range of uses. “I’ve been credited as being the most innovative cyclist in the sport,” said LeMond, according to ABC. “I think that’s totally an exaggeration, but what I have been is very curious.
“I see opportunity where others ask, ‘Why would you do that?’ I’m [saying], ‘Well, why not?’ Carbon fibre, up until recently, has been a dream material for automotive and for so many different industries, but the cost has been prohibitive.
“They’ve been able to develop a manufacturing process that lowers the capital cost and allows us to scale the growth of it, because I think demand is going to be significant.” The new technology was developed by PhD student Maxime Maghe and Carbon Nexus general manager Steve Atkiss.
Having used carbon fibre frames to win each of his three Tours, LeMond’s interest increased last year with the establishment of the LeMond Composites company. It reached an agreement with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, but the company later fired its chief executive, Connie Jackson. LeMond said those matters were settled in March, and that the new deal would not be impacted.
Click through to read more at ABC.net.au.