Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 13, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: 2017 Vuelta route to start in Nimes, France, with a return to fabled climb l’Angliru; Alison Powers launches amateur racing team with a new approach; Brailsford responds to bullying allegations; Valverde injured on training ride; Kittel speaks out about TUE use; Westra opens up about decision to quit; British Transport Secretary: ‘cyclists are not road users’; Tour of Utah announces host cities, adds ITT; NBC Sports announces 2017 cycling coverage; Behind the scenes with UCI Cyclocross World Championships organisers; POV preview of the UCI Cyclocross World Championship course; Video: Factory CrossArena; Video: Bradley Wiggins’ practices on ‘The Jump.’

Valverde injured on training ride

by CyclingTips

Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde was injured as he headed out on a training ride in Murcia, Spain, when the security gate at his housing complex struck him in the arms and chest.

“It was a really hard blow,” said Valverde. “The barriers of the housing estate went down before I was through, and I hit straight with my arms and chest. I tried to continue with my ride, but I could carry on for only thirty more minutes, because it really hurt.

“I’m putting some ice on the areas and anti-inflammatories should prevent the injury from going any further, but I could get worse tomorrow when the areas start to heal in cold.

“Happily, it seems like it’s all a muscle thing, but to be honest, I can barely move at the moment.”

The 2016 winner of La Flèche Wallonne began last season at the Challenge Mallorca, followed by winning the overall at the Vuelta a Andalucia. It is unclear if this injury will affect his early season programme.