Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 13, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: 2017 Vuelta route to start in Nimes, France, with a return to fabled climb l’Angliru; Alison Powers launches amateur racing team with a new approach; Brailsford responds to bullying allegations; Valverde injured on training ride; Kittel speaks out about TUE use; Westra opens up about decision to quit; British Transport Secretary: ‘cyclists are not road users’; Tour of Utah announces host cities, adds ITT; NBC Sports announces 2017 cycling coverage; Behind the scenes with UCI Cyclocross World Championships organisers; POV preview of the UCI Cyclocross World Championship course; Video: Factory CrossArena; Video: Bradley Wiggins’ practices on ‘The Jump.’

Westra opens up about decision to quit

by CyclingTips

After the surprising announcement of an early retirement for Lieuwe Westra earlier this week, with speculation that a battle with depression was the motivating factor, the Dutch cyclist opened up about his reasons, Dutch broadcaster NOS reports.

“I understand that for many [the announcement] came unexpectedly,” Westra said in a written statement.

“I am very sorry that I have to end my career this way. The last few months I have been trying to find my motivation and overcome my depression, but also because the two [legal] things running now I can not longer afford to send me to focus on my professional career. ”

Westra is reportedly involved with two legal disputes, one with his former agent and another with his brother-in-law and former business partner.

“I am supported by my family and will fully focus on my recovery — also get a handle the current [legal] cases. I hope I can overcome my depression in this way and can again enjoy everything.”

Click through to read more at NOS.