Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 4, 2016

Photography by Kristof Ramon, Cor Vos, Neal Rogers, Shane Stokes

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Rolland and Talansky spearhead Cannondale team in Paris-Nice; ‘It was a colossal meltdown’: Armstrong shares views on doping, Travis Tygart, and today’s Tour de France; Gilbert cleared to start Paris-Nice despite lingering back pain after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad crash;  Europcar stagiaire Guyot killed in traffic accident; Damage to multiple vertebrae but full recovery anticipated for Zardini; UCI rules on wheels and aero tubing look set to be relaxed; Tour de France reaches peace deal over threatened strikes on race; Trek-Segafredo: One Day is All You Need; Rise – Inside Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Episode 1; Lotto Fix ALL; Strade Bianche countdown video

Rolland and Talansky spearhead Cannondale team in Paris-Nice

by VeloClub

Continuing his buildup after an altitude camp in Tenerife, new signing Pierre Rolland will join up with Andrew Talansky and his other Cannondale team-mates in Paris-Nice on Sunday.

The Frenchman said on Thursday that he is motivated to compete in front of home fans. He has finished in the top ten of the Tour de France three times and also taken two stages, and is one of the sport’s best climbers when on form.

“I am always very happy racing in France,” he said. “There are three major competitions for me in France: The Dauphiné, Paris-Nice and the Tour de France. The first round of the major races in France is always an event. Also, I have not raced in front of the French since the Tour de France 2015.”

“It’s a strong team and a balanced one,” said directeur sportif Charly Wegelius. “You could almost divide it into two groups: we have a Classics group based around Dylan Van Baarle, along with Matti Breschel, Paddy Bevin, and Wouter Wippert and a climbing group lead by the Andrew Talansky / Rolland duo, with great support from Lawson Craddock and Tom-Jelte Slagter.”

“A rider in the top 10 in Nice and a stage win somewhere on the way from one of our several options would be a great result.”

Click through to read a full interview with Pierre Rolland on CyclingTips.

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