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by Shane Stokes
May 13, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Ewan wins stage 7 of Giro d’Italia; Chavanel takes stage 4 of the Four Days of Dunkirk; Gaviria builds advantage in Giro’s points classification; Bennett goes close again; Dumoulin believes Ag2r La Mondiale can take final overall victory in Dunkirk; BMC Racing Team lays out ambitions for Amgen Tour of California; Kittel to lead QuickStep Floors squad in Amgen Tour of California; Lance Armstrong makes light of fake death reports; Actor Patrick Dempsey joins riders for start of Giro d’Italia stage; Publication of Lizzie Deignan’s UK Anti-Doping ruling blocked; Cannondale-Drapac Chases More Green; Video: Caleb Ewan – post-race interview – Stage 7 Giro d’Italia 2017; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 7 Post Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 6 Post Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 7 Pre race; Video: Keagan Girdlestone’s Tour De Comeback Documentary; Video: Signal; Video: Race Reporter Ruby with Peter Sagan; Audio: Quintana the funnyman?
As one of America’s three World Tour squads, the BMC Racing Team is fired up to achieve on home soil in the Amgen Tour of California, starting Sunday. Directeur sportif Jackson Stewart laid out the squad’s ambitions on Friday, saying that both stage wins and the overall are the goal.
“For me, we have a great leader for the General Classification in Samuel Sánchez, who is now fully recovered from his crash at Vuelta al Pais Vasco,” he said. “He has had a great block of training in preparation for this race, and I am confident in his abilities.”
“We will also be looking to race for stage wins in California. With Jempy Drucker, who has been good here in the past, on our roster we have a strong leader for the sprints. I think we also have some great young guys who can look for good breakaway opportunities as well as a selection of strong riders for the time trial with Brent Bookwalter, Tom Bohli, and Miles Scotson.”
The team also features Dutchman Floris Gerts and the Swiss duo Martin Elmiger and Michael Schar. Sánchez said that the race impressed him last year and that the team was coming back “with renewed enthusiasm and the motivation” to repeat their strong performance.
“I needed more time than I initially imagined after Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but my recovery has been going in the right direction. Brent Bookwalter, Miles Scotson and I have put in a good block of hard work at a training camp in Big Bear Lake to successfully prepare for the race ahead. Brent is also highly motivated as he will be racing on home soil and I think he can be up there at the end of the week.”