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by Shane Stokes
June 9, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bauhaus wins stage five of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Pieters sprints to victory on stage two of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Modolo wins GP Canton d’Argovie-Gippingen; BMC Racing Team rejects Froome transfer rumour as ‘a complete lie’; De Gendt says he expects to lose the yellow jersey; Bardiani Valvole and CSF Inox to sponsor Baby Giro; Chavanel signs up for one more year with Direct Energie; The man behind the Maglia Rosa: An insiders’ view of Tom Dumoulin; Video: Hammer Sportzone Limburg – Race highlights; Video: Inside the BMC Team Car in final kilometre of Dauphiné time trial
He will be 38 in June but Sylvain Chavanel has decided to remain within the pro peloton for at least one more season, opting to stay with his current squad. On Thursday Direct Energie manager Jean-René Bernaudeau announced that the rider has extended with the team.
“Sylvain is a homebird, and we have seen everything he has brought to the Direct Energie team since his return in 2016,” he said. “His enthusiasm, his tactical sense, his panache, his discipline in training are examples for all the young riders. It is very valuable to be able to count him among our 2018 lineup, we are delighted!”
Chavanel previously rode with the structure between 2000 and 2004, when it was sponsored by Bonjour. He then spent time with Cofidis, QuickStep and IAM Cycling before returning prior to the 2016 season.
He has taken several wins in that time, including victory on stage four of this year’s Four Days of Dunkirk.
Interestingly, his new contract clears the way for him to potentially set a new participation record in the Tour de France. He has currently ridden the event 16 times and will start it again next month.
Currently George Hincapie, Stuart O’Grady, and Jens Voigt share the record with 17 starts.