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by Shane Stokes
July 29, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Commissaire who disqualified Sagan from Tour calls for video judges in cycling; Cycling Australia introduces new transgender athlete policy; Lotto-Soudal chasing success after winless Tour de France; Bookwalter chasing home-soil success in Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah; Jungels back in action at Tour de Pologne; Movistar extends with Arcas, Oliveira and Pedrero; Four years on, McQuaid weighs in on pro cycling; Following the 2017 Transcontinental ultra-endurance race; Mark Cavendish Launches The Amstel Cold Tub Pub
Just as Lotto-Soudal is aiming to get back on track after a quieter-than-desired Tour de France, so too the BMC Racing Team. It is targeting success in next week’s Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.
“Brent Bookwalter is our rider for the general classification, a role he deserves after some solid results in the first part of the year,” said directeur sportif Jackson Stewart. “Joey Rosskopf and Kilian Frankiny will also have freedom on the stage two summit finish and riders like Silvan Dillier will have the opportunity to jump in a good breakaway.
“We are ambitious but I would like to see us win the overall and the time trial, and I think we will be competitive and aggressive in all of the stages.”
Bookwalter is looking forward to racing on home soil, but says he needs to think outside the box if he is to win. “This year’s route has some of the classics sections which I’ve experienced in previous editions but also some exciting new sections like the long gravel sector on stage 4, the Big Cottonwood TT and a new summit finish at Snow Basin,” he stated. “Traditionally, this is a race that is won by a pure climber. My success here in the past has been more from versatility and tenacity than pure climbing strength, so I’ll look to race heads up and switched on this week, capitalizing on my strength in areas other than just the climbs.”
The team will be completed by Tom Bohli, Martin Elmiger, Patrick Müller and Manuel Senni.