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by Mark Zalewski
December 21, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Daily Mail reveals Brailsford tried to kill Wiggins medical package story; Outcome of Brailsford testimony: ‘should pay with his job’; UCI awards Lampre-Merida WorldTour license to UAE Abu Dhabi; Wout van Aert to race on Felt in 2017; Lars van der Haar possible for Heusden-Zolder World Cup; Leif Hoste refusing to pay fine for abnormal blood values; Vicente Reynes announces retirement; Uber admits to self-driving car ‘problem’ in bike lanes; Rolling with Lance Armstrong; Bahrain-Merida unveils team kit; Herne Hill Velodrome crowd-funding campaign surpasses goal; Johanna Jahnke short documentary; Hawke’s Bay Summer Cycling Carnival.
The ongoing drama surrounding the future holder of the current Lampre-Merida WorldTour license is finally over, with a Middle Eastern-backed outfit swooping in at the final hour to secure the license after the Chinese-backed TJ Sport project failed to do so.
The TJ Sport project was long heralded as it was set to become the first Chinese WorldTour team. The team signed high-profile riders such as Ben Swift and Louis Meintjes. But late in the year the first cracks in the plans began to form.
Fortunately, the team’s bike sponsor Colnago was able to round-up some last-minute backers out of the United Arab Emirates.
The UCI announced the team has the license for two years.
In addition to the WorldTour licenses, the UCI announced that Pro Continental teams Soul Brasil and Verva ActiveJet were still under review by the license commission. The Soul Brasil team was recently suspended for 55 days after it had three positive doping tests during the year.
Click through to read more at the UCI.