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by Shane Stokes
June 27, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Cavendish and Cummings confirmed for Team Dimension Data’s Tour de France squad; Cannondale-Drapac confirms Tour de France line-up; Backup for Quintana and Valverde confirmed by Movistar; Fuglsang and Aru lead Astana at Tour de France; Bardet’s Ag2r teammates finalized for Tour; Bouhanni leads Cofidis in 2017 Tour de France; Izagirre and Colbrelli heading Bahrain-Merida’s Tour lineup; Meintjes aiming higher after strong Tour performance in 2016; Cookson ‘angered’ by draft report into British Cycling; Hosking extends with Alé Cipollini for 2018, will return full-time to Europe; Warbasse writes about long journey to first professional win; Orica-Scott chef subject of Amazon Tour de France documentary; Canyon receives Red Dot Design Team of the Year award; Video: Movistar reveals its Tour de France nine; Video: McLaughlin wins Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race
The teammates who will back 2016 Tour de France runner-up Romain Bardet in this year’s Tour de France have been announced. Already confirmed were Axel Domont, Pierre Latour, Mathias Frank Alexis Vuillermoz and the new Belgian road race champion Oliver Naesen; they were joined on Monday by three others, namely Jan Bakelants, Ben Gastauer and Cyril Gautier.
Samuel Dumoulin has been named as a reserve, and will step forward if one of the other nine are injured or ill.
Bardet finished four minutes and five seconds behind Chris Froome (Team Sky) in last year’s race. He also won stage 19.