Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 23, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI announces reformed points system for 2017 and beyond, will reward more riders in events; Former world champion Petra de Bruin speaks out about years of sexual abuse during her cycling career; UCI approves suspended Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour team’s ProContinental license; Former British Cycling coach posts about Brailsford controversy; David Walsh challenged over Team Sky defence; Tour de Langkawi reveals 2017 route despite economic troubles; Thomas De Gendt helps with Tom Simpson memorial; LottoNL-Jumbo presents 2017 team, goals; University to offer student mechanic scholarships; ‘Richmond 24’ short documentary; Team Sky holiday video; Santa gets own cyclocross category.

UCI approves suspended Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour team’s ProContinental license

by CyclingTips

The Brazilian ProContinental Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour team that was suspended by the UCI for 55-days earlier this week for having multiple doping positives in a 12-month period, had it’s 2017 ProContinental license approved by the UCI on Thursday.

“It was a difficult year, we had many achievements, some disappointments, but what remains of all this is that when the work is done with seriousness, love and especially with a lot of professionalism, everything ended in the best possible way,” said team director Benedito Tadeu Azevedo.

The suspension, which runs until 12 February 2017, will take the team out of the Tour of San Juan, which is a rare chance for UCI America Tour teams to compete against top European teams in their own region. Azevedo did not acknowledge the suspension directly, but said that the team will spend next month training.

“We already have three confirmed races for 2017, out of the country. We will enjoy the rest of the year and the month of January to intensify the training and integrate the group.

“I also take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors, supporters and all those who collaborated directly or indirectly with our Brazil Pro Cycling project. It remains here, mine, ours, thank you very much.”