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by Shane Stokes
August 4, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Haig wins stage six of the Tour of Poland, Sagan loses race lead; Landa grabs second stage win in Vuelta a Burgos, extends race lead; Campenaerts takes Elite men’s European time trial championship; Van Dijk powers to a dominant win and prolongs European time trial title; Bardet confirms Vuelta participation: ‘An important step’; Nieve to move from Team Sky to Orica-Scott; Bettiol inks contract with BMC Racing Team; Two year deals for Fraile at Astana and Rosón at Movistar; Taiwan KOM Challenge announces equal prize money for men and women; WM3 reacts to Niewiadoma’s transfer; Women’s Cycling Transfer Shorts; Hip surgery for Roelandts, Frison and Hansen recovering from other health issues; Interbike and Cross Vegas are leaving Las Vegas; Video: Pony infiltrates peloton in Poland
News broke over the weekend that 22-year-old Polish star Kasia Niewiadoma will be leaving the newly formed WM3 Pro Cycling team and transferring to Canyon-SRAM starting January 1, 2018. After winning the OVO Energy Women’s Tour of Britain, rumours about Niewiadoma talking to other teams started to spread. Niewiadoma had been the team leader at WM3 alongside Marianne Vos, but the latter has been struggling with injury and fitness for most of the season.
“We are sorry to see Kasia leave, but obviously respects that choice. She has ridden for our team for five years. After such a long time, it may be good to change surroundings,” commented WM3’s General Manager Eric van den Boom.
“We mostly feel proud [of Kasia]. In recent years, we have scouted and trained many developing riders with much success, as with Kasia. If you look around in the peloton, you will see a lot of riders who have laid their foundation with our team (at Netherlands Bloeit, DSB, Rabobank-Liv, WM3 Pro Cycling).
“It fits well with our team to discover international talents and help them develop – you can see it in the current group. This is how we contribute to the development of our sport. We want to continue to play this role in the coming years. Of course we are busy with the team for next year. As soon as there is something concrete to report, we will do so. At this time it is still premature to reveal any names.”