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by Mark Zalewski
April 27, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Albasini wins first climbing stage at Tour de Romandie; Gilbert healing well, will lead his namesake event; Jurgen Van de Walle wins back compensation case against team; Van Avermaet downplays Worlds chances, tips Kristoff and says Belgium should host; BMC to start reduced squad at Tour de Yorkshire; Costa leading UAE Team Emirates in hunt for stage wins at Giro; BORA-Hansgrohe roster for Giro; Former Iranian champ suspended for more than seven years for doping; Driver who killed elderly cyclist and returned as bystander given suspended sentence; Video: Inside a Keirin Race – 360 video; Video: CYCLE – Alps 2 Ocean.
Due to the amount of racing and various rider injuries and illness, the BMC team will only start six riders out of the eight allowed at this weekend’s Tour de Yorkshire, with Brent Bookwalter making his UK debut and leading the team.
“We have plenty of experience in Brent Bookwalter, Amaël Moinard, Joey Rosskopf and Manuel Quinziato, and two of our young guys, Floris Gerts and Miles Scotson, round out the roster,” DS Jackson Stewart said. “Unfortunately, we had to make a late decision to take Samuel Sánchez out of the team as he is still recovering from his Vuelta al Pais Vasco crash and we don’t want to push him too much.”
“With the busy racing schedule at this time of year and a few riders out with injury or illness, we have made the decision to take six riders to the Tour de Yorkshire start line. Although we are a couple of riders less than most teams, I believe we are still capable of getting a good result with the strong riders in our team, whether that be stage wins or going for the General Classification. The last day is, in my opinion, the hardest stage we have ever had at the Tour de Yorkshire so this will be the crucial day for riders vying for the overall win.”
Bookwalter is looking forward to making his Tour de Yorkshire debut, as well as racing in Great Britain for the first time.
“Somehow I’ve never had the chance to race in Great Britain so I’m really looking forward to lining up at Tour of Yorkshire. I’ve heard it’s an action packed race with some of the most passionate fans and a course that can produce unpredictable racing, so I’m excited to be part of it. I was able to build some strong momentum through the Tour of the Alps and will look forward to continuing that trend in Yorkshire where we will have a strong team balance of youth and experience,” Bookwalter said.