Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 26, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Boonen wins with disc in San Juan; Name, dates, and host cities announced for inaugural Colorado Classic UCI stage race; Atapuma crashes hard in San Juan, loses consciousness; Van Aert camp responds to Twitter posts by Pauwels, van der Poel; Stephen Hyde calls for new US pro CX series; Possible British cyclocross World Cup event in the works; New Irish pro track team forming; CyclingTips podcast, Episode 23: Watts up with mechanical friction and chain lube?; London cyclists most affected by current high air pollution levels; Research study on ‘race weight’ seeking participants; Vuelta a San Juan, stage 2 – highlights; Documentary: Length of Sweden.

Van Aert camp responds to Twitter posts by Pauwels, van der Poel

by CyclingTips

Following the Twitter posts by Kevin Pauwels and Mathieu van der Poel of their doping control forms, with some considering it a veiled attempt to call out rival Wout van Aert, Nick Nuyes, the manager of the current World Champion’s team responded regarding it and his rider’s reported knee injury, which he cited as the reason why he did not race the final UCI World Cup in Hoogerheide last weekend.

“The story is simple,” said Nuyens to Het Niuewsblad. “Wout is faced with a problem and has a reputable doctor [Ed. Toon Claes]. We will not put somebody’s reputation at stake. The doctor has prescribed a treatment; a TUE is not included.”

“To my knowledge Wout has not recently had any control outside of competition. I do wonder what Mathieu and Kevin want to achieve in this. Is this a way to destabilise Wout?”

Both Pauwels’ and van der Poel’s forms showed neither has Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) certificates, with many reading between the lines that the two were suggesting others might. This comes as TUEs are a controversial topic, following the leak of TUE certificates ahead of the Rio Olympics, and subsequent revelations that high profile athletes have availed themselves of the practise.

While legal and allowed in the eyes of the World Anti-Doping Agency, an argument has been made that the system can be easily abused and used in a nefarious way to circumvent anti-doping regulations.

Click through to read more at Het Nieuwsblad.