Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 31, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: 60 Minutes report on motorized doping raises questions about Team Sky and UCI at 2015 Tour de France; French anti-doping expert says he was told a dozen riders used motors during the 2015 Tour de France; Loren Rowney announces her retirement and the beginning of a new chapter; Doctor and courier at centre of Team Sky mystery package scandal called to testify; Pauwels accepts van Aert’s apology but will not forget dispute; Mathieu van der Poel: ‘This is the biggest disappointment of my career’; Van Aert’s World Championship tire choice causes debate; RCS Sport shoots down extra Giro d’Italia wildcard proposal; UAE Abu Dhabi signs Moroccan champion Anass Ait el Abdia; Memorial ride held for cyclist killed in hit-and-run, suspect in custody; Nash and Zahner elected to UCI Athletes’ Commission for cyclocross; Photographer apologises to McLay for finish crash; Rider holds onto side of bridge after crash; Kangaroo surprises cyclists.

Van Aert’s World Championship tire choice causes debate

by CyclingTips

There was already drama surrounding Wout van Aert before the UCI Cyclocross World Championships, but when he rolled up to the start line another thread of drama quickly began, as his wheels were wrapped in a special green tire he had never raced on — a hybrid of a 20-year-old Michelin mud tread glued onto a Dugast casing. Debate ensued as the UCI rules on equipment generally say that anything used must be commercially available for sale to the public; but these tires were a custom job by Dugast especially for van Aert.

“Niels Albert came to me and asked if I could do that for him,” Richard Nieuwenhuis of Dugast told Het Laatste Nieuws. “For everyone else, I would have done [the same].”

“We held a discussion at the highest level with President Brian Cookson, a member of the Legal Service, a member of the media committee and myself,” Peter Van den Abbeele, UCI cyclocross coordinator UCI said. “We have come to the conclusion that there is no infringement against the rules. The team of Niels Albert had already informed us about the tires that they would use.“

Van Aert admitted that the ill-timed puncture for rival Mathieu van der Poel was a factor in deciding the outcome of the race. Van Aert said he also had a puncture but it was earlier in the race and luckily happened close to the pit. The Dugast brand is well known as many top professionals race on the tires without any sponsorship, paying retail prices.

In response social media lit up with even van Aert joining in on the fun.

Click through to read more at Het Laatste Nieuws.