The News round-up of the 19th, 20th and 21st of March.

Sergio Henao taken of Team Sky racing programme

The Colombian rider, as mentioned by Team Sky in a press release, has been taken off the race schedule in order to go back to his home country for an altitude research programme.

Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Sky’s Principal how, “In our latest monthly review, our experts had questions about Sergio’s out-of-competition control tests at altitude - tests introduced this winter by the anti-doping authorities. We need to understand these readings better.”

He also confirmed that, “We [Team Sky] contacted the relevant authorities - the UCI and CADF – [and] pointed to these readings and asked whether they could give us any insights. We've also taken Sergio [Henao] out of our race programme whilst we get a better understanding of these profiles and his physiology.”

However, Brailsford also highlighted the fact that, “We [Team Sky] want to do the right thing and we want to be fair. It’s important not to jump to conclusions.”

Obama creates Dwars door Vlandeeren organisers troubles

The organisers of Dwars door Vlandeeren (in English Across Flanders), which is going to be held on the 26th of March, are facing some very arduous times as the Barack Obama’s visit in Belgium forced them to change a part of the route.

Obama, who is visiting Belgium to meet the EU council and commission, he might though also visit a WWI US cemetery on the same day in which the race is taking place. The cemetery is across the E17 motorway, which is also the 70th km of the race. For security reasons it has been decided to find an alternative route.

Race director Guy Delesie though told the local newspaper, Het Nieuwsblad, that, “We have already mapped out an alternative course. If the US president is effective, we can draw a circle around the graveyard and around the race caravan.”

The race route will be confirmed officially later this week.


Milan-Sanremo without Boonen and Valverde

The 105th edition of ‘La Classica di Primavera’ will be missing two important cycling figures amongst its participants. The Flanders-born champion won’t be in racing Milan-Sanremo because his girlfriend has suffered a miscarriage. Valverde instead won’t be racing the ‘Classicissima’ because the route is too sprinter-friendly.

(Gazzetta dello Sport)

EU wants lorries safer for cyclists

The European parliament’s transport committee decided that lorry cab designs will need to be improved. According to campaigners, this decision will save the lives of thousands of pedestrians and cyclists.

Manufacturers will have to build HGV’s with nose-shaped cabs that will need to have improved visibility. The manufacturers though have time until 2022 to comply as they have been given time to modify factory production.

(London Evening Standard)

Stage-race asks fans for money

The Giro della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, an Italian U23 stage race, has taken the decision to try and get some of the money needed to run it from the fans. As a matter of fact on its official website it gives the possibility to donate any sum the fans want, and it will all be used to organise the race.

(Gazzetta dello Sport)

Race Results

Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie: Simone Ponzi (Neri-Sottoli) wins.  

Nokere-Koerse: Kenny Dehaes (Lotto-Belisol) wins.