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by Mark Zalewski
September 30, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Nizzolo sprints to win at Gran Piemonte; Calls made for WADA to examine Wiggins TUE corticosteroid ; WADA’s TUE Expert Group backs current system, wants regular audit of process; Riders and name announced for Marianne Vos’ 2017 team; Tour de San Luis cancelled for 2017; Mathieu van der Poel is just fine, thanks for asking; Ben King, Scott Thwaites join Lachlan Morton on Dimension Data; Zubeldia, Didier extend with Trek-Segafredo; Boels-Dolmans signs van den Bos, extends with Pawlowska; Marcato, Guardini sign for TJ Sport; Oleg Tinkov: ‘I trust Brailsford and Wiggins’; Phil Zajicek updates his condition after crash; UCI Trials World Cup highlights.
Reports from Argentina say that the Tour de San Luis, a popular early-season stage race for many top teams, will not run in 2017 due to financial problems. Ciclismo Internacional writes that the potential for this outcome has been increasing for a few years, since Governor Alberto Rodriguez Saa took office in 2015 with the municipal budgets that support the race well into the red.
The article said the 2017 race had already presented a reduced budget to the governor because of the current state of affairs, hoping he would approve the funding.
The race began in 2007 and became an alternative to the Tour Down Under as a kick-off stage race, particularly for pros who hail from the Western Hemisphere, such as Colombian Nairo Quintana and North American WorldTour pros.
While not a WorldTour race like the Tour Down Under, and therefore not having guaranteed participation from the top teams, some pros have said that makes it an attractive element, as the pressure of a WorldTour race is difficult so early in the season.
The article reports that the women’s Tour de San Luis will still run, as it is supported via private funding.
Click through to read more at Ciclismo Internacional.