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by Shane Stokes
August 4, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Haig wins stage six of the Tour of Poland, Sagan loses race lead; Landa grabs second stage win in Vuelta a Burgos, extends race lead; Campenaerts takes Elite men’s European time trial championship; Van Dijk powers to a dominant win and prolongs European time trial title; Bardet confirms Vuelta participation: ‘An important step’; Nieve to move from Team Sky to Orica-Scott; Bettiol inks contract with BMC Racing Team; Two year deals for Fraile at Astana and Rosón at Movistar; Taiwan KOM Challenge announces equal prize money for men and women; WM3 reacts to Niewiadoma’s transfer; Women’s Cycling Transfer Shorts; Hip surgery for Roelandts, Frison and Hansen recovering from other health issues; Interbike and Cross Vegas are leaving Las Vegas; Video: Pony infiltrates peloton in Poland
Cannondale-Drapac rider Alberto Bettiol will don BMC Racing Team colours in 2018 and possibly beyond, following the announcement of a contract signing with the American team. The 23-year-old has shown considerable progress, with his results including second place in last year’s GP Ouest France, third overall in the Tour of Poland, fourth in the GP Cycliste de Québec.
“I’ve always seen BMC Racing Team as an incredibly professional team, one of the biggest teams in the WorldTour, if not the biggest team,” he said. “Whatever my role will be, I’ll do my best. I am looking forward to the opportunity to race with a champion like Greg Van Avermaet and learn from him and the rest of the team for the cobbled Classics.
“My goal is to keep growing as a rider, as I have in the last years, and to improve my time trial skills, which is another reason why I wanted to come to BMC Racing Team, one of the best time trial teams in the world.”
Team President Jim Ochowicz said results such as his sixth in the recent Clásica de San Sebastián underlined his qualities.
“Alberto has a diverse set of racing skills and we are looking forward to helping him grow with BMC Racing Team when it comes to the Classics and time trials, which I think will be a natural progression for him. It’s important to bring on riders who show this kind of potential so we are pleased to welcome Alberto to BMC Racing Team.”