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by Shane Stokes
June 7, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Bouwman quickest of breakaway group to win stage three of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Froome to measure himself against GC riders in Critérium du Dauphiné time trial; Dumoulin extends Team Sunweb contract, commits until end of 2021; 2016 runner-up Izagirre in strong condition for Tour de Suisse; Colbrelli extends with Bahrain-Merida; Coquard needs to give ‘guarantees’ to get Tour de France ride; With report looming, British Cycling directors set to be replaced under new reforms; The Dos and Don’ts of Racing; New Iphone operating system to include a safety feature which should protect cyclists; Video: Thomas De Gendt post-race interview, Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné 2017; Video: Respect the riders; Video: Alberto Contador at Teide’s training camp; Video: Hammer Series Chase: Onboard highlights; Video: Why I Love Cycling
In other related Bahrain-Merida news, the Italian sprinter Sonny Colbrelli has extended his contract by one more year, thus committing to remain with the team until the end of 2018. The 27-year-old won Brabantse Pijl and stage two of Paris-Nice this year, as well as netting second and third on stages of the Tour of Oman, ninth in the Amstel Gold Race and tenth in the Tour of Flanders.
“He is one of the most important sprinters and all-rounders of our team who showed an excellent performance and some significant results in the previous months,” said the team. Colbrelli was previously part of the Bardiani-CSF squad, winning races such as the 2016 Gran Premio di Lugano, the Coppa Sabatini and the Tre Valli Varesine.
“From the beginning my relationship with the team, my new teammates, sports directors, mechanics, masseurs, team managers and everyone else was great,” said Colbrelli. “They trust me and consider me a leader, a captain. When I received this proposal to renew my contract I didn’t think twice. I am grateful to the Bahrain-Merida team because they are taking me to the top of the pro cycling to compete with big champions worldwide. Bahrain Merida is my cycling family. I am really honoured to wear this jersey and I hope I will be able to wear it for a long time.”
The team’s general manager Brent Copeland welcomed the news. “Sonny was one of the first riders to believe in this project when he originally signed and yet again we are proud to say he is one of the first to renew with this contractual extension. Sonny is a huge asset to the team. We have seen how his improvement and confidence has increased in the past few months.”
Meanwhile Marca has suggested that the team is interested in signing Gorka Izagirre, brother of its current rider Ion Izagirre, as well as Team Sky’s Mikel Landa and Cannondale-Drapac rider Davide Formolo.