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by Shane Stokes
August 15, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: ‘I want to win the Tour,’ declares Uran, announcing three-year contract extension; Meintjes rejoins Team Dimension Data for 2018; Froome chasing place in history as Team Sky’s Vuelta line-up named; Former winner Nibali: I’ve worked hard for the Vuelta; Glittering Orica-Scott GC squad for Vuelta a España; BMC Racing Team to Vuelta ‘with one of the strongest rosters we have named’; UAE Team Emirates targets top 10 in Vuelta, Katusha-Alpecin and Movistar also name squads; Revamped Three Days de Panne to Include WWT Event; Hepburn extends with Orica-Scott until end 2019; Astana signs Hirt, Keisse extends with Quick Step, Fabbro to Katusha; Canyon launches first full-carbon cyclocross bike: Inflite CF SLX; Video: Surprised competition winner gets handed pro bike by professional rider; Video: Contador relaxes at home; Video: High speed hand-up; Video: Uran struts his stuff at the Colorado Classic
Although Richie Porte will miss the race as a result of his crash in last month’s Tour de France, the BMC Racing team has highlighted the quality of its roster for the Vuelta a España. “We are lining up at the Vuelta a España with one of the strongest rosters we have named in recent years,” said directeur sportif Yvon Ledanois.
“For the general classification, we have a number of riders who can be up there, including Tejay van Garderen, Nicolas Roche and Samuel Sánchez. These riders are very motivated for a good result overall so we will take things day by day and see how the race plays out. I would like to see aggressive racing from all of our riders and with guys like Damiano Caruso, Alessandro De Marchi and Rohan Dennis, we have a good chance for stage wins.” The team will be completed by Daniel Oss, Francisco Ventosa and Kilian Frankiny.
“I’m always looking forward to the Vuelta a España because it’s probably my favourite race of the year,” said Roche, who has finished fifth and sixth overall in the past, worn the leader’s jersey and also taken two stage wins. “I’m excited to start the race for the seventh time in my career and I hope to do well on both a team and personal level. The Vuelta is always tough and this year is no exception so we will take things day by day.”
Van Garderen has had an up and down GC campaign in recent Grand Tours but has twice finished fifth in the Tour de France. “The Vuelta a España was my first Grand Tour back in 2010,” he said. “I love the warm weather and beautiful Spanish scenery. It’s a tough course with lots of steep uphill finishes that lends many different opportunities for attacks and an explosive style of racing. I’d like to try and climb as high as possible on the general classification, and hopefully challenge for a stage victory.”