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 President Brian Cookson on La Course, developing women’s cycling and Rio predictions

by VeloClub

UCI president Brian Cookson strolled the cobbled roads of the Champs Elysées on Sunday, attending to media and supporting the women’s La Course race ahead of the final stage of the Tour de France. As the women’s peloton sped around the Arc de Triomphe, Cookson spared a few minutes of his time to talk to Ella CyclingTips.

Here is an excerpt:

While the course is little more than a criterium, what makes La Course so exciting is the ambiance, the TV coverage, the crowds, and the fact that women are now a (very small) part of the biggest cycling event in the world. Now in its third year, Cookson said the event has grown every year, yet we probably won’t see a three-week women’s tour any time soon — although that is, of course, up to ASO.

“[La Course] has grown every year, not just in terms of the quality of the event but also in the number of people coming out to watch, the interest it has generated in the media and so on. We are very happy to continue supporting this event. Things are going well and we are definitely pushing things in the right direction, I think,” said Cookson.

The key to continued success, however, lies in slow progression.

“What’s important about women’s cycling is that it evolves in a sustainable way. If we suddenly had a three-week women’s tour, I’m not so sure we have the strength and depth in the women’s peloton yet to cope with that, and you know what, if you invented men’s cycling today I don’t think you’d start with something like a three-week Tour de France anyway,” Cookson said.

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