In today’s Daily News Digest: Colbrelli left fuming at Coppa Sabatini while Pasqualon takes biggest career win; Bergen 2017 organisation overwhelmed by donations in face of €7M budget deficit; Dimension Data renews with Anton, signs Welshman Scott Davies; Spanish climber Rafa Valls signs with Movistar for 2018; American Logan Owen signs with Cannondale-Drapac; Latour back to racing after broken pelvis at Tour de France; 2018 Tour de Yorkshire host towns announced; Video: Phil Gaimon’s Worst Retirement Ever takes on Flagstaff in Boulder, Colorado; Video: SRAM engineers party with eTap rear derailleur races; Video: The O Bike Rabbit Hole.
Controversy in Sabatini sprint; Bergen 2017 faces deficit: Daily News Digest
Slipstream Sports, the management team behind Cannondale-Drapac, announced the signing of American Logan Owen on Wednesday. The 22-year-old has spent the last four seasons racing for Axel Merckx’s U23 program, Axeon-Hagens Berman, where he became the first American to win the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liége, and also delivered the team’s first Tour of Utah stage win.
A national cyclocross champion in the junior and U23 categories, Owen gave up ‘cross in 2016 in pursuit of a WorldTour contract.
“Regardless of if I got that contract or not, it was the right decision,” said Owen. “I needed to put all my eggs into one basket to see what I could do. I’m beyond stoked that it all worked out and that I can make this next step up to the WorldTour with Slipstream Sports.”
Owen considers himself a Classics specialist although he’s yet to determine if his talents are best leveraged over the cobbles or up the Ardennes’ hills. He said the opportunity to ride alongside Classics captain Sep Vanmarcke is an exciting prospect.
“I tend to be better at Classics-type races,” said Owen. “Getting to learn from Sep is one of the biggest reasons that I’m looking forward to the spring. I’m excited about all my new teammates actually. Uran is a legend. I already know Alex Howes, so it will be cool to race with him. [Jonathan] Vaughters seems to have a really good plan to develop me. I’ve seen this team support the development of young riders over the last couple years, which has been really cool, and it gives me confidence in the team’s ability to help me develop as the top level of the sport.”