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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.
BORA-Hansgrohe have named its nine-rider squad for the 100th Giro d’Italia, with world champion Peter Sagan again opting for the sunshine at the Tour of California as he focuses on the Tour de France.
Sam Bennett winning stage 3 of the 2017 Paris-Nice.
Sam Bennett and Matteo Pelucchi will take up the sprinting duties for the team in the team’s hunt for stage wins, which will be more of the focus than contending in the general classification.
It will be the Irishman Bennett’s first Giro and Pelucchi’s second, with both seeking a first Grand Tour stage win.
Rüdiger Selig, Cesare Benedetti and Jan Barta are there to work in the leadout for the sprinters, while Barta will also be a possible contender in the time trials.
Portugal’s road champion José Mendes is the team’s GC rider, with his best overall result in a Grand Tour coming in 2013 at the Vuelta with 22nd. Austrians Gregor Muhlberger, Patrick Konrad and Lukas Postlberger round out the team.