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by Mark Zalewski
December 21, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Daily Mail reveals Brailsford tried to kill Wiggins medical package story; Outcome of Brailsford testimony: ‘should pay with his job’; UCI awards Lampre-Merida WorldTour license to UAE Abu Dhabi; Wout van Aert to race on Felt in 2017; Lars van der Haar possible for Heusden-Zolder World Cup; Leif Hoste refusing to pay fine for abnormal blood values; Vicente Reynes announces retirement; Uber admits to self-driving car ‘problem’ in bike lanes; Rolling with Lance Armstrong; Bahrain-Merida unveils team kit; Herne Hill Velodrome crowd-funding campaign surpasses goal; Johanna Jahnke short documentary; Hawke’s Bay Summer Cycling Carnival.
Speculation as to the brand of bike the Crelan-Vastgoedservice cyclocross team would ride when it joins with the Veranda’s Willems team for 2017 is over, with World Champion Wout van Aert set to race on Felt, beginning on 1 January.
“This team project has been in development for quite a while,” says road manager Nick Nuyens. “[Felt Bicycles founder] Jim Felt and [cyclocross team manager] Niels Albert got in touch a while back. We knew Felt Bicycles would be a very good partner because of the company’s technologies and product developments. So we are really proud to be on Felt bikes because we’ve always wanted the best equipment possible for our riders.”
The team has raced on Colnago for the past two years, and with Veranda’s Willems currently racing on Specialized, some thought that would be the team’s bike brand for next year.
“My new Felt cyclocross bike is by far the lightest I’ve ever ridden,” Van Aert said. “It accelerates incredibly fast and is very stiff at the bottom bracket. To top it off, I love the World Champion rainbow stripe design that Felt has created for me. I can’t wait to race it!”
The team will debut the bikes at the GP Sven Nys on New Year’s Day.