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by Shane Stokes
June 2, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Drucker takes home soil victory on stage 1 of Skoda Tour of Luxembourg, grabs race lead; Froome says Giro d’Italia ride means Quintana is not a major rival for Tour; Bahrain-Merida bikes stolen prior to Hammer Series race; Chaves returning to racing at Critérium du Dauphiné, Yates to lead Orica-Scott team; Dowset on Hammer Series: ‘Tactically, everything we know becomes secondary. This is new territory’; Hayman: ‘Teams are going to have to be thinking on their feet’; Team Sky unveils new kit for 2017 Tour de France; Gaviria and the other best stage-winning Grand Tour debuts; Fortuneo – Vital Concept sponsors set to split prior to Tour de France; Young British time triallist Joe Guy killed in collision with van; Video: Robbie McEwen previews the inaugural Hammer Series race; Video: Inside HED Cycling; Video: Ten – The BC Bike Race Movie; Video: Tour Series 2017 – Round 9, Durham
Colombian climber Esteban Chaves will return to racing on Sunday at the Critérium du Dauphiné, beginning his comeback after a four-month hiatus due to injury. Chaves was affected by a knee injury but returned to training in April, gradually building up since. He will be a leader of the Orica-Scott team at the Tour de France, along with Simon Yates.
The latter will lead the team in the French event, aiming for success as part of his own buildup for the Tour. He won a stage in the Tour de Romandie and finished second overall, and wants a strong showing in the Dauphiné. However the Tour remains the priority.
“The most important thing for us in this race is that the guys come out with a good feeling ahead of the Tour de France,” said sport director Laurenzo Lapage. “For some of the riders it is their first race again after having a break from racing and training camps.
“For sure I think the guys will be in good shape after their different training blocks, they always arrive in good condition and we all know that the Dauphine is always a hard race. We have Simon Yates to go for the overall but we won’t put much pressure on him for that or the other guys. It would be great if he can be up there overall and also look to the white jersey competition.”
The duo will be joined by recent Baloise Belgium Tour winner Jens Keukeleire, Volta a Catalunya stage winner Daryl Impey – himself returning to racing after sustaining a fractured collarbone – Simon Gerrans, Roman Kreuziger, Damien Howson and Jack Haig. The race begins on Sunday.