Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 11, 2016

In Thursday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cancellara smashes Rio time trial to take second Olympic gold medal; Experience pays off in gold as Kristin Armstrong wins rainy Olympic time trial; Trentin takes Tour de l’Ain opener; Hosking wins Route de France sprint; WorldTour teams vote to skip the TTT world championships; Human rights group urges UCI to reject Bahrain-Merida team; Giant-Alpecin signs young talent; Possible tensions between Cavendish and Wiggins on eve of track start; Italian anti-doping authorities test under 13 youths; Yorkshire a possible host for European championships; Dan Craven uses Twitter to decide on Olympic TT start; From bobsled track to velodrome; Route de France on-board highlights; Calculate your VO2 max; BMX rider Daniel Dhers rides salt ramps

WorldTour teams vote to skip the TTT world championships

by CyclingTips

The professional team association AIGCP announced Wednesday that a majority of its WorldTour member teams voted in favour of skipping the 2016 UCI team time trial (TTT) world championships in protest, citing the unfairness of the rules obligating the teams to participate.

BMC wins the men's Team Time Trial at the UCI Road World Championship, Sept. 20, 2015

BMC wins the men’s Team Time Trial at the UCI Road World Championship, Sept. 20, 2015

“This position was adopted at the July 1st AIGCP General Assembly and was ratified earlier this week after UCI failed again to address the demands of WorldTeams which are compelled under UCI regulations to participate in UCI’s TTT World Championships at their expense,” the statement said.

The TTT was introduced in 1964 and was a national team event until 1994. It was re-introduced in 2012 but as a trade team event.

While WorldTour teams are required to race certain events they are given a funding allowance to defray costs such as travel. There is no similar funding for the TTT world championships.

“[The] terms of participation which exist nowhere else in the sport are undeniably abusive and reveal the abuse of power which UCI incurs in when it enforces them solely for the one road competition it operates. All WorldTeams are expected to skip the TTT world championships until these abusive practices are abolished.”

Click through to read more at the AIGCP.