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by Mark Zalewski
November 16, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Thomas Dekker publishes book recounting Rabobank doping culture; Fewer tests by French anti-doping agency due to budget shortfalls; Ralph Denk: Bora–Hansgrohe more than team Sagan; Greg Van Avermaet has successful surgery; Degenkolb on leaving Giant-Alpecin; LottoNL-Jumbo adds to 2017 roster; Canyon Bicycles – Shimano team goes UCI Continental for 2017; Giant posts lower global sales; Floating bicycle path proposal for Chicago River; Track World Cup Apeldoorn highlights; Greg Lemond documentary; Revolution Champions League.
The elite amateur Canyon Bicycles-Shimano team, sponsored by the Utah-based retailer Canyon Bicycles, will move to be a professional UCI Continental team for 2017.
“With the team’s current momentum, it seemed like the right time to do this,” said team owner Mike Pratt. “I want to do my part to grow this sport in the US. I could not be happier with our squad this year, both our returning riders and our impressive new guys.”
One of main acquisitions for the team is Rob Squire, who comes from the Holowesko-Citadel development team.
“Rob comes to us after a strong year in which he was the KOM at the Philadelphia Cycling Classic, another top-ten overall at the Tour of Utah, a top-5 at Winston Salem and won the KOM jersey at the Tour de Beauce.”
The team has also signed Chad Beyer from the Lupus pro team. “His multiple top-tens at Gila, Philadelphia Cycling Classic, Winston Salem and US Pro have proven Chad to be among the top riders in the US.”