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by Shane Stokes
July 28, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Cavendish still targeting Merckx record, also chasing Olympic gold in 2020; Dan Martin diagnosed with vertebral fractures; BMC Racing Tour de France team targets San Sebastian success; Tour de France runner-up Uran and Phinney confirmed for Colorado Classic; Lizzie Deignan, one year after whereabouts scandal; Professional riders’ association CPA votes to also represent female riders; Transcontinental Europe race begins on Friday, dedicated to Mike Hall; Car/cyclist ‘radar’ trialled in Adelaide; Video: Celebrating rider at GP of Beverly loses race victory and some skin
Richie Porte remains out due to injury but the majority of the BMC Racing Team riders who competed in the Tour de France are hoping to carry over their form into this Saturday’s Clasica San Sebastian in Northern Spain. Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet will spearhead the team in the race and, after going close to a victory in the Tour, netting placings of second, fourth and fourth, is hoping to be in the hunt there.
“I was a little sick in the last few days of the Tour de France so I’m hoping I’ll be feeling good at the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian,” he said. “I’m motivated to do a good race and a top ten finish would be great, especially considering there are UCI WorldTour points on offer. I like the course and it’s challenging, which suits me.”
Sports Director Yvon Ledanois hints that he, and the team, are likely higher than a placing. “Six of our eight riders are coming to Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian from the Tour de France so we know their form is good. After missing out on a stage win there, they will be very motivated to go for the win in San Sebastian. We have one strong leader in Greg Van Avermaet who, as we know, was primed to win the race in 2015. I expect everyone to be ready to support Greg to go for a good result.”
The Belgian will be joined by Alessandro De Marchi, Amaël Moinard, Manuel Quinziato, Michael Schär, Fran Ventoso, Danilo Wyss and Nicolas Roche, who has previously finished fifth and eighth in the event.
Meanwhile Jempy Drucker and Stefan Küng will lead the team’s selection in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday.