In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Mark Cavendish wins the Tour of Qatar, three stage wins for Alexander Kristoff; Philippe Gilbert victorious in the Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia; Andrei Grivko claims the inaugural La Mediterraneenne; Leigh Howard wins a significantly shortened Clasica de Almeria; USA Pro Challenge cancelled for 2016, plans to return in 2017; Tour of Toowoomba cancelled for 2016, organisers hope for ‘bigger and better’ return in 2017; Francesco Reda banned for eight years for EPO positive; UCI carries out widespread checks for mechanical doping in France; How the UCI is checking for hidden motoros; Mark Cavendish helps fix a fellow rider’s puncture; Super-cute cyclocross rider.
Daily News Digest
In other race cancellation news, organisers of the Tour of Toowoomba have confirmed that this year’s edition of the National Road Series (NRS) race will not take place, creating further uncertainty about the health and future of Australia’s highest level of domestic racing.
The Tour of Toowoomba was set to open the 2016 men’s NRS season, from April 28 to May 1, but according to Mac Stirling, the president of Toowoomba Cycling Development — the organisation behind the Tour of Toowoomba — the race won’t be run in 2016 due to financial troubles.
“We’re a little bit of a victim of our own success,” Stirling told CyclingTips. “The race has certainly grown quickly and the cost of running the event in terms of compliance and police and crowd control … has grown.
“You mix that in with the sponsorship being difficult to get, and a couple of key [sponsors] … saying ‘We’re experience difficulty for 2016 – do you mind if we pull back?’ … What do you say to that?”
The plan is for the Southern Queensland race to return in 2017 with the possible addition of a women’s race and a date change.
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