Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 30, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Valgren wins stage and takes over lead at Tour of Denmark; Gavazzi wins stage 2 in Portugal; Vasylyuk wins Qinghai Lake time trial; New gene doping test to be retroactively applied to Rio Olympic samples; UCI bars three Russian cyclists from Rio Olympics, three more removed; Contador already back in action on Saturday; UCI President Brian Cookson on La Course, developing women’s cycling and Rio predictions; Cold-Blooded: Tanner Putt born to race the Classics; Can success be bought in pro cycling? A look at team budgets and the value equation; Sagan signing to launch BORA team to WorldTour; The cost of being an Olympian; Racers finish Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme race; Focus on La Course by Le Tour de France; BORA-Argon18’s 10th rider

UCI bars three Russian cyclists from Rio Olympics, three more removed

by CyclingTips

Three Russian cyclists were barred from the Rio Olympics and three more were removed by their federation on Friday, including Tour de France stage winner Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha).

Zakarin captured the victory win on stage 17. Photo: Cor Vos

Zakarin captured the victory win on stage 17. Photo: Cor Vos

“The UCI is in the process of identifying relevant rider samples and is in close dialogue with WADA to move forward with these cases immediately,” a UCI statement read. “It has also passed the names of these three athletes to the IOC in the context of its Executive Board decision.”

Besides Zakarin, two more cyclists were removed by the Russian federation and are believed to be road cyclist Sergey Shilov and Olga Zabelinskaya, a double bronze medallist on the road at London 2012.

Cyclingnews reported that Zakarin was actually on the plane bound for Rio when he was removed “I got a call last night from Moscow,” Zakarin’s coach, Gumar Zakarievich said. “Ilnur was removed from the plane at the last minute before it went to Brazil. What can I say? Life does not end there. The Olympics, in his sporting career, can still happen. The most important thing is that he does not stand still, and continues developing his skills as a rider.”

Many in cycling, as well as other sports, have called for the entire Russian delegation to be barred from the Olympics over the allegations of systemic, government-sanctioned doping at the Sochi Games.

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