UCI works toward gender equality; Ewan left out of Tour: Daily News Digest

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The UCI is making strides toward improved gender equality. Cycling’s governing body announced new measures and platforms to in response to longstanding criticism, but it remains to be seen how effective these will be. There are notable areas in which the UCI did not come through on.


Quote of the day:

”Devastated is an understatement of how I feel about Mitchelton-Scott’s decision to leave me at home this July.” — Caleb Ewan on Instagram after finding out he will not be riding the Tour de France.


Story of the day: UCI commits to higher standard of gender equality and to fighting harassment

The global #metoo movement against sexual and other forms of harassment has forced companies and organizations to step-up its employees’ standards and cycling’s governing body, the UCI, is following suit. In a statement after the Management Committee meeting in France, the UCI announced a stronger commitment to gender equality and ethics standards.

First and foremost, “all employees of UCI Women’s Teams will be required to sign a strict Code of Conduct that aims to raise awareness of and increase responsibility around the harassment that certain riders may face, including from within their own teams,” the statement read. This adds another layer of responsibility on top of the UCI’s official Code of Ethics. There will be sanctions if the new conduct code is not followed, but the process for this is still not yet clear.

New rules tackle podium ceremonies as well. The UCI Management Committee approved rules and regulations to help improve gender equality during podium ceremonies. The new policy, which has yet to be published, will require UCI approval for all outfits worn by hosts and hostesses. This will come into effect from the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck-Tirol, Austria.

The UCI also announced the UCI Cyclocross World Cup will offer equal prize money for the upcoming season, but there’s a caveat. The equal prize money will be offered for the overall standings and not at the individual World Cup races. It will take a further three seasons before equal prize money at each cyclocross World Cup race is achieved.

All decisions made at the UCI Management Committee meeting will have to be approved at the next UCI Congress, which will take place at the road world championships in September. While the UCI made great strides toward gender equality and improving the standards of those working in cycling, it clearly has much more work to do, like equal prize money. Furthermore, Danish pro cyclist Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cervelo-Bigla) published a great editorial on Voxwomen about the tremendous gender gap in cycling in reference to courses and the difficulty of them, and race distances.

‘Irresponsible, uneducated:’ Sky responds to Hinault’s call for Froome protest

Team Sky has pushed back one day after Bernard Hinault called for riders to strike in protest at Chris Froome’s participation in the Tour de France, blasting the five-time Tour winner for his comments.

“It is disappointing that Bernard Hinault has, once again, repeated factually incorrect comments about a case he clearly does not understand,” a Team Sky spokesperson said. “His comments are irresponsible and ill-informed. Chris has not had a positive test, rather an adverse analytical finding for a prescribed asthma medication. As an ex-rider himself, Bernard will appreciate the need for fairness for each and every athlete. And at the current time, Chris is entitled to race.”

Click through to read the full story on Team Sky’s response to Hinault’s call for a protest.


Race Radio

Tramadol tablets. Photo by Shane Stokes

UCI commits to banning tramadol and glucocorticoids
The UCI has announced that it is putting in place firm measures to ban the use of tramadol and glucocorticoids in competition, something which has long been called for by the anti-doping body MPCC.

The governing body had previously said that it was hamstrung by the fact that the World Anti-Doping Agency didn’t have rules in place against the substances. Tramadol, a potent pain-killer, has been on WADA’s monitor list for several years but the agency has not moved on banning it.

Click through to read more about the UCI banning Tramadol and Glucocorticoids.

Rosskopf, Neben successfully defend US time trial titles

Two-time world individual time trial champion Amber Neben (PX4Sports) successfully defended her U.S. national TT title on Thursday in Knoxville, Tennessee. Neben completed the two-lap 22.5km course in 29:43. Tayler Wiles (Trek Drops) finished second, 15 seconds behind. Emma White (Rally) rounded out the podium and took home the U23 national TT championship.

A few hours later, Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing) did the same on the men’s three-lap 33.7km course, beating Chad Haga (Sunweb) by 28 seconds, and teammate Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) by 34 seconds.

The podium of the 2018 US National Time Trial Championship, from left: Chad Haga (Sunweb), Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing), Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing). Photo: Wil Matthews.

Mitchelton-Scott leaves Ewan off Tour roster

It was long speculated that Caleb Ewan would be making his Tour de France debut in 2018, but that will not be the case. Mitchelton-Scott announced its climber-heavy Tour roster and Ewan will be watching the Tour instead of riding it.

The Australian-based team goes to France with Adam Yates the cornerstone on its GC ambitions. The Briton finished fourth overall.

“I’ve got great memories of the Tour in 2016 and it’s great to be back,” Yates said in a team statement. “At the moment, everything is going great. In both of my previous races (California and Dauphine), I came back at a really good level despite not having the ideal preparation. I even managed a stage win at the end of the Dauphine, which is great for the confidence ahead of my biggest goal of the season.”

Mitchelton-Scott’s Tour de France Team:

Jack Bauer (NZL, 33) – 5th TDF appearance
Luke Durbridge (AUS, 27) – 5th TDF appearance
Mathew Hayman (AUS, 40) – 4th TDF appearance
Michael Hepburn (AUS, 26) – debut
Damien Howson (AUS, 25) – 2nd TDF appearance
Daryl Impey (RSA, 33) – 6th TDF appearance
Mikel Nieve (SPA, 34) – 5th TDF appearance
Adam Yates (GBR, 25) – 3rd TDF appearance

Greipel, De Gendt lead New Lotto-Soudal at Tour

New Lotto-Soudal announced its Tour de France roster on Thursday and the Belgian squad looks to be chasing stage wins in 2018. 11-time Tour stage winner Andre Greipel headlines the squad followed by another Tour stage winner, Thomas De Gendt.

24-year-old Tiesj Benoot will be making his second consecutive Tour start after he debuted at the race last year. He has been riding strongly this year, winning a muddy edition of Strade Bianche and finishing fourth overall at Tirreno Adriatico. He recently wrapped-up the Criterium du Dauphine where he powered to fourth on stage one and finished in the top-20 overall.

Four WorldTour teams to take part in Colorado Classic

The Colorado Classic (Aug. 16-19) will have four WorldTour teams, five Pro Continental teams, and five Continental teams for the second edition of the four-day race. The WorldTour teams are EF Education First-Drapac, Trek-Segafredo, Mitchelton-Scott, and LottoNL-Jumbo.

The race will take place in Vail and Denver. Find a full list of the competing teams here.


Tech news


USA applies 25% import tariff to Chinese-made GPS units

As reported by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (BRAIN), Chinese-made GPS units being imported into the United States will soon be hit with a 25% import tariff imposed by the Trump administration. The tariff is set to start on the 6th of July, and will directly impact Wahoo and Stages, who both have units manufactured in China. Garmin, Bryton and Lezyne, who manufacture in Taiwan, are exempt from this new tariff.

“We are looking at moving production of the new models out of China, but we still have a significant amount of inventory that is in the process and nothing we can do about it,” Bernie Doering, Stages Cycling’s senior vice president of sales and marketing told BRAIN. There has been no comment from Wahoo on how this will affect pricing or if there are plans to move production.

While the tariff for GPS’ has already been passed, a tariff for a second group of items is still pending. In it is a suggested 25% import tariff to be applied to E-bike imports from China. It’s feared such a tariff could greatly slow what is the most promising segment for the bike industry in many years. It’s hoped the industry will be able to have E-bikes removed from the tariff, similar to what recently happened in Australia with its proposed 5% import tariff. BRAIN has taken a detailed look at the tariff proposal and its potential impact.


Moving pictures

The 2018 Tour de France route

Cyclist hurls himself on bonnet

A BMX rider threw himself on a car in an attempt to commit insurance fraud. However, the rider failed to notice the driver’s dash camera. If you’re going to pretend to get hit by a car for that sweet settlement money, at least make sure the car’s driver isn’t recording your idiocy.

Happy Birthday to…

Dylan Groenewegen (25), the Dutch sprinter has been flying so far in 2018 with nine wins. He announced himself as a potential star for the future by winning the 2016 Dutch national road race championships. He won the final stage of the Tour de France in 2017 on the Champs-Élysées.
Dylan Groenewegen wins stage 2 of 2018 Paris-Nice

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