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by Mark Zalewski
December 13, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: British Cycling funding cut by £4 million; Stig Broeckx continues to make small improvements; Team Smartstop riders finally to get 2015 wages; Niels Albert worries two-man race not exciting enough for spectators; Viacheslav Ekimov nominated for president of Russian Cycling Federation; GreenEdge teams will be ORICA-Scott in 2017; Unitedhealthcare names rosters for 2017; Avanti IsoWhey and SwissWellness merge to create IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness team; Canadian development team Silber reloads with young talent; BMC announces kit, tire sponsorship changes; Field, Payton win cyclocross British Cycling National Trophy; Rider recruited by Wiggins via Instagram; ‘Off the Beaten’ Path adventure cycling film.
Russian Viacheslav Ekimov is one of two candidates running to replace Igor Makarov as president of the Russian Cycling Federation.
Viacheslav Ekimov (right) – Team Katusha-Alpecin
Ekimov recently announced he was stepping back from his role as general manager of the Katusha team in order to spend more time with his family, focusing on a sponsorship liaison role, with José Azevedo replacing him as GM.
Both Ekimov and Azevedo served as key riders on Lance Armstrong’s US Postal teams during the now scandal-plagued years, and both were named by whistleblower Floyd Landis as having received blood transfusions while on the US Postal team. Ekimov’s move to Katusha in 2012 was part of the rationale the UCI used to deny the team a WorldTour license on the basis of ethical reasons in relation to a string of doping violations. However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the UCI ruling.
The nomination comes just after the release of the second part of the Mclaren Report showing widespread, government-run doping across the Russian Olympic Federation.
Only one other person is in the running for the position, a Moscow-based businessman named Alexandre Vinokourov — though not the same Vinokourov who manages the Astana team and has his own problems with the UCI.
Click through to read more at the Russian Cycling Federation.