Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 8, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI insists no reduction to team sizes in 2017; Jack Bobridge on retiring at 27: ‘At the end of the day health comes first’; One less WorldTour team in 2017? Rider agent ‘very concerned’ about Chinese team TJ Sport; Velon creating new race series; Stefan Schumacher signs with; Kenyan cyclist who lost leg in crash talks about life after amputation; Tom Boonen: I needed a sports psychologist after Abu Dhabi Tour crash; Cameron Wurf returning to pro racing with triathlon ambitions; Four days of Dunkirk reveals course and name change to Tour des Hauts-de-France; Giro del Trentino becomes Tour of the Alps; 2017 Oceania Track Cycling Championships; Record-setting attempt to ride around Great Britain underway; Strava calculates the fastest cyclists by country; KASK extends sponsorship with Team Sky; Christian Meier on his final pro race; Adorable cyclocross racer shows how barriers are done.

Velon creating new race series

by CyclingTips

A new pro men’s race series is taking shape, backed by the Velon group, a consortium of 11 UCI WorldTour cycling teams. The name of the series is the International Team Challenge (ITC) and according to De Limburger, the first race is to be in the Limburg region of The Netherlands on June 2-4 organised by Infront.

The famous Cauberg climb.

The famous Cauberg climb.

The first race, which will take place in the same area as the Amstel Gold Race, will receive a Hors Categorie rating from the UCI.

The first day will be a circuit around the Sports Zone in Sittard-Geleen, and the second day will featurethe Cauberg in Valkenburg over ten laps. The final day is a sort of team time trial, structured like a team pursuit, again around the Sports Zone.

The report says the ITC series will also include an event in Switzerland in August and in South Africa in October.

The joint venture with Velon would likely mean a large television and data integration aspect to the race, as well as the guaranteed participation of the 11 member teams with major stars.

Click through to read more at De Limburger.