VN news ticker: Historic Wright brothers’ bicycle shop under threat of demolition, Roglič wins ‘Beking’ crit

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Historic Wright brothers bicycle shop under threat of demolition

The Dayton, Ohio bicycle shop owned and managed by Orville and Wilbur Wright is under threat of demolition.

Before the famous 1903 first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the Wright brothers were bicycle mechanics and tinkerers.

The Ohio city’s zoning appeals board approved a request to raze the building, which has become dilapidated and poses a threat of collapse, according to the New York Times.

Developers’ proposals for the space are being reviewed by the city, however, concerns about the significance of the building and its historic value are being weighed.

“We’ve lost so much heritage, we’ve lost so much history — we should be working to save every possible building,” Monica Snow, the president of Preservation Dayton Inc., told the NYT.

“I don’t want us to be painted as anti-Wright brothers,” Dayton’s director of planning, neighborhoods, and development Todd Kinskey said. “If the Wright brothers were to be able to come back in time, they would not recognize the building.”

Kinskey noted that city-commissioned engineering studies had indicated that the structure is at risk of collapse, particularly the façade.

It was reported that the National Parks Service sent a letter to the city’s landmark commission in September, which indicated that “little, if any, of the [original Wright Brothers’] structure,” still existed.

Primož Roglič wins Monaco ‘Beking’ crit

Primož Roglič won the 2021 Monaco BeKing criterium. (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Primož Roglič outsprinted Sonny Colbrelli and Tadej Pogačar to win the inaugural “Beking” critérium Sunday.

The exhibition race headlined a daylong festival of cycling in Monaco organized by UAE Emirates rider Matteo Trentin. The event included a kids’ ride and a series of charitable initiatives aimed to raise funds for the Charlène de Monaco and Michele Scarponi Foundations.

“The success of this edition makes us very happy. It rewards us for the efforts made to organize it and encourages us to work already for next year,” Trentin said.

“The idea behind Beking was not an event for professionals but a day dedicated to cycling in which we wanted families and children to participate on the bike. And the circuit was designed to entertain everyone, not just the professionals.”

Trentin had organized the day to promote sustainable mobility and road safety in the Monaco region. The likes of Peter Sagan, Chris Froome, and Geraint Thomas also took part.

ITA launches Reveal whistleblowers website

The International Testing Agency (ITA), an independent anti-doping organization announced the launch of Reveal.

The Reveal platform allows secure and anonymous reporting of relevant information to be shared with the ITA.

“The MPCC is proud to see that one of the partners is a leading player in the anti-doping scene,” said Roger Legeay, president of the MPCC. “We are committed to contributing to the collection of information that can help build the credibility of our sport.”

According to the Movement for Credible Cycling website, verified reporting of “suspected doping offenses is one of the most effective ways to keep sport clean.”

Once a tip is provided through Reveal, the information is managed by ITA’s Intelligence & Investigation Department, which engages experts from law enforcement, military, police, criminology, digital and physical forensics, and intelligence communities. WADA and national anti-doping organisations (NADOs), like USADA, can apply shared information to ensure clean and fair sport.

As of late January 2021, cycling’s anti-doping operations were fully integrated with the International Testing Agency (ITA).

The move saw the shuttering of the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, which was created as an independent body in 2008.

Tour of Poland reveals route for 2022

Organizers of the Tour of Poland have revealed its seven-stage parcours for 2022.

“The day all Tour de Pologne fans have been waiting for has come,” race director Czesław Lang said at the route reveal Saturday. “We want to show you what we have been working on for several months earlier than usual.”

The 2022 Tour of Poland will kick-start with a stage into Lublin on July 30 and remain in the south of the country for the next week. The Polish tour will see three nailed-on sprint finishes, a 15.4km uphill TT, and three, tough, classic-style stages for GC racers. The WorldTour event will wrap up in Kraków on August 5.

João Almeida won this year’s race while also snatching two stage wins in what was a streak of late-season form.

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