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by Mark Zalewski
July 1, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Americans at the 2016 Tour de France: Who’s racing, and what are their objectives?; Drapac signs five-year deal as co-title sponsor of Cannondale Pro Cycling Team; hansgrohe joins Bora as co-sponsor for 2017; Sagan joining Bora–Hansgrohe in 2017?; Cycling Canada names team for Rio; Numainville left off Canadian Olympic team; Tiffany Cromwell: “It’s not the end of the world if I’m not selected [for Rio]”; Wiggle and Chain Reaction merger approved; USADA, UCI sign information-sharing agreement; Cylance roster for Giro Rosa; Giant-Alpecin unveils special “July Kit” for Tour de France; Cyclist killed by grizzly bear; Bike share cyclist arrested for slapping fire fighter; Pro mountain biker takes Walmart bike down serious trails
It’s been five years since Tyler Farrar stood atop the podium as a stage winner — on the Fourth of July, no less — the last time an American claimed a stage at the Tour de France.
The following year, Tejay van Garderen placed fifth overall, and stood on the podium on the Champs-Élysées in the white jersey of Best Young Rider. In 2014, Van Garderen again placed fifth, and those results have been the lone bright spot in what has been a troubling drought of American success at the Tour.
On Saturday, five Americans will clip in along the shores of Mont-Saint-Michel to begin the 103rd edition of the Grand Boucle. The quintet all come from the three U.S. based teams at the WorldTour level — BMC Racing, Cannondale, and Trek-Segafredo. Joining van Garderen at the Grand Depart will be Brent Bookwalter, Peter Stetina, Alex Howes, and Lawson Craddock.
(Among those U.S. WorldTour riders not competing are Farrar, Andrew Talansky, Ben King, Taylor Phinney, Ian Boswell, Joe Dombrowski, Nathan Brown, Larry Warbasse, and Kiel Reijnen, as well as Canadians Ryder Hesjedal and Mike Woods.)
With an average age of 27.2-years among the five of them, the riders from this year’s American Tour contingent seem to be entering their prime, but an average of three Tour starts among them shows a relative lack of experience. Still, each comes to the Tour with a plethora of goals, duties, and ambitions.
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