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by Shane Stokes
June 27, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Cavendish and Cummings confirmed for Team Dimension Data’s Tour de France squad; Cannondale-Drapac confirms Tour de France line-up; Backup for Quintana and Valverde confirmed by Movistar; Fuglsang and Aru lead Astana at Tour de France; Bardet’s Ag2r teammates finalized for Tour; Bouhanni leads Cofidis in 2017 Tour de France; Izagirre and Colbrelli heading Bahrain-Merida’s Tour lineup; Meintjes aiming higher after strong Tour performance in 2016; Cookson ‘angered’ by draft report into British Cycling; Hosking extends with Alé Cipollini for 2018, will return full-time to Europe; Warbasse writes about long journey to first professional win; Orica-Scott chef subject of Amazon Tour de France documentary; Canyon receives Red Dot Design Team of the Year award; Video: Movistar reveals its Tour de France nine; Video: McLaughlin wins Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race
The Cannondale-Drapac team has announced a strong lineup for the Tour de France, with all rounders such as Rigoberto Uran, Andrew Talansky and Pierre Rolland likely to shine in the mountains and others such as Taylor Phinney and Dylan Van Baarle having the talent to make a big impression elsewhere.
Those five riders plus Alberto Bettiol, Paddy Bevin. Nate Brown and Simon Clarke were named to the team on Monday, completing the lineup. Phinney, Bettiol, Bevin and Brown are all making their Tour debuts.
“We’re going in with two GC leaders. Andrew and Rigo,” said directeur sportif Charly Wegelius. “But neither of those GC projects will hinder us from going after stage wins. When I look at this team, I see enthusiasm. I see potential. I see real, quality engines there. And I see a group of people who are really prepared to support one another. I see energy. It’s all the things we say we are.
“We want people with the enthusiasm to take every single chance that comes, even if they’re small ones. We want riders fighting for stages they have a smaller chance of winning as if they were stages they had a high probability of winning. We’ve got to go after everything with the same kind of hunger the group at the Giro showed. Because they exploited everything.”
Uran was twice second overall in the Giro d’Italia, while Talansky was 10th and 11th in the Tour in 2013 and 2015. Rolland has taken two stage wins and was also successful on stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia and stage three of the Route du Sud.