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by Shane Stokes
June 9, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bauhaus wins stage five of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Pieters sprints to victory on stage two of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Modolo wins GP Canton d’Argovie-Gippingen; BMC Racing Team rejects Froome transfer rumour as ‘a complete lie’; De Gendt says he expects to lose the yellow jersey; Bardiani Valvole and CSF Inox to sponsor Baby Giro; Chavanel signs up for one more year with Direct Energie; The man behind the Maglia Rosa: An insiders’ view of Tom Dumoulin; Video: Hammer Sportzone Limburg – Race highlights; Video: Inside the BMC Team Car in final kilometre of Dauphiné time trial
Following a claim made in Thursday’s edition of l’Equipe that the BMC Racing Team was negotiating a potential five million euro per year contract with Chris Froome, starting in 2018, the American squad has strongly rejected the report.
“It’s a complete lie. That’s a lie,” Ochowicz told Cycling Weekly at the Critérium Du Dauphiné, where both Froome and current BMC Racing Team rider Richie Porte are competing. “I wouldn’t even classify it as a rumour. It’s a flat-out lie.
“The journalist should check the facts. We are talking about the most well-known cyclist in the world and his reputation and him within his own team. It’s disrespectful. How do you substantiate a rumour and put a dollar amount down? Just pull it out of the air?” Froome has also denied the story.
Porte moved to the team prior to the 2016 season and finished fifth at the Tour despite losing time early on due to a puncture. He beat Froome and the rest of the field in Wednesday’s time trial, and sits second overall heading in the mountains. As per BMC Racing Team policy, Ochowicz declined to state the length of Porte’s contract.
Froome and Porte previously raced together on Team Sky between 2012 and 2015, with the Australian leaving that team in order to have his own chances in the Grand Tours.
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