Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 6, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Race radios, gran fondos, one-day licenses, and more: USA Cycling announces policy and operational changes for 2017; Azevedo replaces Ekimov as Katusha general manager; Laura Kenny critical of omnium format changes; Wout van Aert happy with current form, despite criticism; Dwars door Vlaanderen adding cobbles, shifting date in 2018; Lotto Soudal announces team rosters; Van Avermaet named top Flemish athlete; Dumoulin, Van der Breggen and Ligtlee nominated for Dutch awards; Aqua Blue Sport unveils team kit; Course construction underway for Cyclocross World Championships; WorldTour riders look back on Revolution Cycling Champions League in London; Teaser for Mayhem documentary.

Van Avermaet named top Flemish athlete

by CyclingTips

Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet is racking up the awards this year, recently winning the Vlaamse Reus as top Flemish athlete, awarded by the Flemish Association of Sports Journalists.

Rio de Janeiro - Brasil - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Greg van Avermaet (Belgium) pictured during men's roadrace - Olympic Games 2016 in Rio - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2016

“I’m definitely pleased with this recognition,” Van Avermaet said.

“I’ve been from pillar to post in recent days and weeks. After getting my Olympic title there were a pack tributes. Now comes this Flemish giant. A beautiful trophy designed by William Vermandere, a beautiful singer and artist. And perhaps it is not done yet.”

Van Avermaet was already named Flandrien of the year by Het Nieuwsblad for the fifth time, and won his third straight Kristallen Fiets by Het Laatste Nieuws.

He is still recovering from a broken fibula suffered while mountain biking, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Click through to read more at Het Nieuwsblad.