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by Shane Stokes
August 31, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Lopez wins stage 11 of the Vuelta a España; Wild sprints to stage 2 win in Boels Ladies Tour; Chaves and Roche suffer on stage 11; Cannondale-Drapac team launches crowdfunding campaign, Fairly Group will contribute up to $2 million; BMC Racing Team extends contracts of Caruso, Drucker, Rosskopf and Ventoso; Cofidis signs Jesús and José Herrada; Thomas, Kwiatkowski and Viviani amongst Team Sky squad for Tour of Britain; Video: Chris Froome post-race interview, Stage 11 Vuelta a España; Video: Esteban Chaves post-race interview, Stage 11 Vuelta a España
The BMC Racing Team has inked new agreements with four of its current riders, with Damiano Caruso, Jempy Drucker and Joey Rosskopf extending the stints they began in 2015, and Fran Ventoso continuing after moving to the team last winter.
“Damiano Caruso is one of our strongest climbers and plays a key role in the team’s Grand Tour ambitions,” said BMC Racing Team President Jim Ochowicz. “As we saw this year, Damiano was a crucial support rider for Richie Porte throughout the year and then when the situation called for it at the Tour de France, he stepped up as our leader in difficult circumstances.”
Italian rider Caruso finished a fine 11th overall in the race, adding to prior top-ten finishes in the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España. He was second in this year’s Tour de Suisse.
“It was an easy decision to re-sign with BMC Racing Team,” he said. “Jim Ochowicz likes how I work and I like the team and how it works, so there was no reason to even think about changing teams. I’m happy to continue working with this team, with the riders, with the staff and the management. This year has been a good year for me and for the next year my goal will be to continue to grow as a rider.”
Also extending is Vuelta stage winner Drucker, who is also a past Prudential RideLondon champion and stage winner in his home race, the Tour du Luxembourg, plus the VOO Tour de Wallonie. Former Spanish road race champion Fran Ventoso is similarly staying on board, as is the 2016 Tour du Limousin winner and US national TT champion Rosskopf. “I may not have had a meteoric rise in the sport, but in 2018 I look forward to continuing to work hard and progress as a competitor little by little,” the latter said.