Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 17, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dan Martin wins Volta ao Algarve stage, takes over lead; Pinot wins Ruta del Sol queen stage, Contador assumes lead; Anderson wins Tour of Oman, stage 3; Not above bottle duty: Amalie Dideriksen’s year ahead in the rainbow stripes; Dunbar poised to seize chances heading into year two with Axeon Hagens Berman team; Jens Keukeleire hit by car while training in Spain; Mitchelton-Scott signs young Australian talents; Two climbs planned for Tokyo 2020 road race circuit; Reports: Meeusen to join van der Poel on Beobank-Corendon; Klaas Vantornout remains with Marlux-Napoleon Games; Too early for Pidcock at WorldTour level; Paolini signs with pro mountain bike team; Erkki Punttila – Not Far From Home.

Two climbs planned for Tokyo 2020 road race circuit

by CyclingTips

Plans for the Olympic road race course for the Tokyo 2020 Games appeared online, showing a 15.7km circuit that features two climbs of 3.2 and 3.7 percent. The men’s race would tackle 16 laps and the women seven.

Dutch coach Thorwald Veneberg was in Japan to scout the course and posted photos on Twitter. While not officially approved NOS reports that this is likely to be the final route.

The second harder climb is similar to the Sibbergrubbe and Eperheide climbs of the Amstel Gold Race with both climbs coming in quick succession on the loop.

Similar to Rio, the start and finish are separate from the loops, on mostly flat roads. Similar to Beijing the start and finish are in different locations. The start consists of a 24km westward trek from downtown Tokyo out to the loop and the finish is 12km away from the loops, west of Tokyo.

Veneberg said on Twitter the route for the Paralympics will be similar but possibly without the climbs.

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