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by Mark Zalewski
February 11, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Team leader at 22: Kasia Niewiadoma takes on new role in Marianne Vos’ WM3 Pro Cycling Team; Tour of Turkey faces challenge attracting teams due to political climate; Iranian Team Pishgaman Cycling suspended after second rider positive; Multiple doping positives at Tour of Guadeloupe; In-depth feature with Brian Holm; New fixed-gear team started by Red Hook series champ; Outdoor industry brands boycotting Utah-based trade show over politics; Belgian coach falls into icy pond at Bieles, drives home in underwear; Max Stöckl breaks own world record for fastest MTB downhill speed at 167kph; Video: Downhill to Death Valley on a penny-farthing; Motivating children to wear bicycle helmets through design; Video: How a Bicycle was made.
The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, slated for April, recently asked the UCI if it could move its date to the fall over a lack of team participation. However, team managers are saying that moving the date will not affect their decision to not attend the race, citing safety concerns due to the political unrest that is occurring in the nation.
“In October we did have the Tour of Turkey on the schedule,” Quick Step Floors CEO Patrick Lefevere told Het Nieuwsblad. “But we asked the riders at training camp in December who wanted to race it. Nobody, but nobody, put it down.”
“Last year we were worried and I even went to the race myself,” said Lotto Soudal manager Marc Sergeant. “It was quite deliberate because I was not going to put the riders on a plane there and not go myself.
“There were no incidents last year and there was a lot of attention to safety. You saw a security agent every hundred metres. But since then much has happened: new attacks, a coup attempt. I read that since all 10,000 people were arrested. To have all these reasons, we decided not to go this year. ”
There are two rules that the UCI rolled out with the changes to the WorldTour that affect newly upgraded events like the Tour of Turkey. First, the WorldTour teams are not required to attend these events, as they are with the original WorldTour races. Second, the new events must have at least 10 WorldTour teams attend this year to ensure they remain on the top level calendar going forward.
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