Date set for Vinokourov trial; Women’s peloton forms own union: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

December 20, 2017

Date finally set for Vinokourov/Kolobnev race-fixing trial; Women’s peloton forms own union seeking fairness, opportunities and wages; Bardet’s early season races announced, Ag2r also names line-up for Australian events; Voigt to run seven marathons in seven days for charity; UCI issues clarification on anti-doping proceedings; Ovett’s six lessons from the Kittel/Haas/Brammeier mini-camp; Video: Dinosaur spectator

Bardet’s early season races announced, Ag2r also names line-up for Australian events

by VeloClub

Double Tour de France podium finisher Romain Bardet is hoping that 2018 will see him finally step up to the top step in the race. His early season programme has been announced, with the Frenchman getting things underway in the Trofeo Laigueglia on February 11.

He will then begin the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol three days later, racing there until its conclusion on February 18, then will compete in the Faun Environnement – Classic de l’Ardèche Rhône Crussol on February 24.

Bardet finished second overall in the 2016 Tour de France, and took third overall this year. He has won a stage in each of the past three editions.

Meanwhile Bardet’s new teammate Tony Gallopin will get his own season underway at the Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise on January 28. He will then line out in the Etoiles de Bessèges, which runs from January 31 until February 4, and the Tour Cycliste International La Provence (February 8-11).

The French team has also announced its lineup for the Australian races, namely the People’s Choice Classic (January 14), the Santos Tour Down Under (January 16 – 21) and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (January 28). Frenchmen Pierre LaTour and Nans Peters will be part of the squad, as will Nico Denz (Germany), Ben Gastauer (Luxembourg), Matteo Montaguti (Italy) and Stijn Vandenbergh (Belgium).

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