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by Shane Stokes
August 31, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Lopez wins stage 11 of the Vuelta a España; Wild sprints to stage 2 win in Boels Ladies Tour; Chaves and Roche suffer on stage 11; Cannondale-Drapac team launches crowdfunding campaign, Fairly Group will contribute up to $2 million; BMC Racing Team extends contracts of Caruso, Drucker, Rosskopf and Ventoso; Cofidis signs Jesús and José Herrada; Thomas, Kwiatkowski and Viviani amongst Team Sky squad for Tour of Britain; Video: Chris Froome post-race interview, Stage 11 Vuelta a España; Video: Esteban Chaves post-race interview, Stage 11 Vuelta a España
French team Cofidis has made an important pair of signings for its general classification chances, finalising contracts with brothers Jesús and José Herrada. The former is the current Spanish national road race champion, having won the title for the second time in June.
Like his brother, he has been competing for the Movistar team, but will now move to the French squad. He is a past mountain stage winner in the 2016 Critérium du Dauphiné 2016, and also won stages in the Tour du Limousin, the Tour du Poitou-Charentes and the Route du Sud. In addition to that he has twice finished ninth in the Tour du Romandie.
“Movistar is like a family for me, so it is not easy to change teams in 2018,” he said. “But I think I had to go ahead. I studied several options but I did not hesitate to go to Cofidis. I know that I will find a lot of support in this new challenge and it is the most important: confidence! I am 27 years old, the timing is perfect for new responsibilities and see the level I can achieve on the biggest events.”
Brother José is 31 years of age and finished 12th overall in the 2013 Vuelta a España. His past wins include the 2015 Klasika Primavera, and he was recently third in the GP of Getxo and fourth in the Prueba Villafranca-Ordiziako Klasika.
“I’m very motivated,” he said. “I look forward to joining Cofidis. I think this is the perfect team for me. They have a great calendar with lots of hard races, and that’s what I like. For several years I have focused on my work for my leaders, now I will have more freedoms and I intend to try to get very good results.”