Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 20, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Brailsford finally discloses nature of 2011 Sky mystery package for Wiggins, yet questions linger; Zwift Academy rider Leah Thorvilson wins Canyon-SRAM contract; Elite racer turned orthopedic surgeon to conduct extensive concussion and injury study among pro, amateur cyclists; Vansummeren on life after racing; Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour team suspended for multiple doping positives; MPCC sponsors call for additional commitment to fighting other kinds of cheating; American Owen to skip cyclocross to focus on road; Young Aussie champion Alex Morgan steps away from cycling; Team Sky dines on Norwegian salmon prize at camp; Backlash over New Zealand brewery’s ad promotion with Lance Armstrong; British track sprinter Williamson to return after serious crash; Documentary: ‘From the South UP.’

Young Aussie champion Alex Morgan steps away from cycling

by CyclingTips

Australian track cycling champion Alex Morgan announced he is stepping away from the sport, at age 22, citing frustration with his goal of racing for Australia in the Olympics.

It’s with somewhat of a heavy heart that I must announce I am stepping away from elite level cycling & my dream of representing Australia at the Olympics. I absolutely love riding my bike but after 3 years of unsuccessfully fighting to get a chance back at the top I have been left broken, deeply unhappy and I just simply have nothing left (in more ways that one). It is such a shame that things aren’t based on athletic ability alone. This sport has been my life since the age of 14 and has given me so much. Amongst other things, it’s taken me to almost 20 different countries and provided memories and friendships that I will cherish forever. I’ve been World Champion 3 times (1 Elite + 2x Junior), held a world record, received a host of Australian & Oceania Titles, medals and other achievements. Everything that I have achieved in cycling has been through pure hard work and determination – characteristics that I am extremely proud of and will carry in to the next phase of my life. I am 22 years old. I am not just a bike rider. I have much more to give than just riding my bike fast and the thought of actively contributing positively to this world really excites me. I’d like to thank my family for every single thing that they’ve done for me along with each and every person who has positively impacted me or my cycling career. Without the support I received from the people who really cared there is no way I could have been successful in my sport or become the person I am today. I’ll still be riding my bike and maybe doing the occasional local race but I can’t see myself doing anything serious in the immediate future. Morgs.

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“I absolutely love riding my bike but after three years of unsuccessfully fighting to get a chance back at the top I have been left broken, deeply unhappy and I just simply have nothing left (in more ways that one). It is such a shame that things aren’t based on athletic ability alone.

“I am 22 years old. I am not just a bike rider. I have much more to give than just riding my bike fast and the thought of actively contributing positively to this world really excites me.”

Morgan was a promising espoir rider on both the track and the road, winning the U23 Oceania time trial championship earlier this year. He was twice part of a junior world championship team pursuit squad.

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