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by Shane Stokes
August 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Theuns wins stage four of the BinckBank Tour; Teuns wins stage one of the Arctic Race of Norway; Bouhanni wins stage 2 of the Tour de l’Ain; Valente wins first stage of Inaugural Colorado Classic; Bound for Vuelta and bowled over by support, Hansen thanks fans; Formolo joins Bora-hansgrohe, team extends contracts of Bennett, Selig and others; Boswell becomes first American to sign for Katusha; Gila stage winner Narvaez joins QuickStep Floors, Serry extends; Greipel frustrated by lack of recent success: ‘I cannot even sprint’; Bay Crits cancelled for 2018; Video: Alberto Contador – The Legend; Video: Meet Rosella Bonfanti, UCI Commissaire – Women’s Cycling; Video: Cyclist gets physical with bike thief
Stating that it believes he has potential to achieve a lot more than he has shown already, Katusha has completed a two-year deal with Ian Boswell. This will make the Bend, Oregon rider the first-ever American rider to compete with the team.
“I am very excited about Team Katusha-Alpecin,” he said. “After five years in the same team, it is a big but important step for my own development. The talks with [general manager] José Azevedo were very good from the beginning and I liked where he sees me as a rider. I hope to bring my experience into the team and look forward to race with strong riders like Ilnur Zakarin or Simon Špilak. And of course, also to be able to ride for the victory one time or another for myself.”
Boswell is a strong climber with past results such as a stage win in the Tour of the Gila, second in the under 23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège and, this year, fifth overall in the Tour of California and sixth in the Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali.
He has been with Sky since the start of 2013 and Azevedo is convinced that greater freedom will see him thrive. “I am really happy to have Ian Boswell with us,” he said. “He brings a lot of experience with him and I believe in him. The time has come that Ian can make the shift from his domestique role to one as a leader.
“The reason why we’ve contracted him is because we trust him. In five years with Team Sky he shown to be reliable, and also in three Grand Tours. In this year’s Tour of California he showed no problem in assuming the role as a leader. We haven’t seen the best of Ian yet. Ian is not only loyal, but strong and promising as well.”