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by Shane Stokes
August 3, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Van Poppel wins stage five of the Tour of Poland, Sagan keeps yellow; Trentin takes stage two of the Vuelta a Burgos; Perrone and Matthiessen take junior and U23 European time trial titles; Tour de France King of the Mountains Barguil and Moinard join Fortuneo-Oscaro squad; Gallopin and Ag2r La Mondiale commit for two years; Alaphilippe extends contract with QuickStep Floors team; UAE Team Emirates announces pending two-year deal with Alexander Kristoff; Shimano sneaks in new 105 front derailleur featuring trickle-down tech; Transcontinental update: Lenhard’s lead slims as race favourite stalks; Armstrong’s ‘Stages’ podcast to cover the Colorado Classic and Velorama MusicFestival; Video: CrossFit Games Cyclocross Course; Video: The inside story of Team Dimension Data’s Tour de France
Having covered the Tour de France last month, disqualified former race winner Lance Armstrong is now turning his sights towards another event, the Colorado Classic. He will bring his Stages podcast to the race and will also cover the Velorama Colorado Festival in Denver later this month.
The Colorado Classic is a 2.HC UCI event, the highest category outside of World Tour races. It is also part of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour, which showcases the premier domestic road events in the United States. It will be televised on NBCSN and live streamed on NBC Sports Gold, NBC Sports Digital’s live streaming direct-to-consumer subscription app.
Velorama Colorado is a street party and music festival built around the race’s Denver stages, featuring Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, Old 97’s and the Jayhawks, plus hundreds of vendors in a festival marketplace that includes a Bike Expo.
“Lance’s unique perspective into cycling and music align well with our approach to Velorama,” said David Koff, RPM Events CEO. “We welcome his non-traditional insights into this innovative combination of a bike race and music festival.”
Armstrong won seven editions of the Tour de France but was subsequently disqualified after admitting to long-term doping during his career. He was handed a lifetime ban. His podcast clocked up more than 5 million downloads during the Tour, yet he remains a very controversial figure in the sport.