Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 30, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Valgren wins stage and takes over lead at Tour of Denmark; Gavazzi wins stage 2 in Portugal; Vasylyuk wins Qinghai Lake time trial; New gene doping test to be retroactively applied to Rio Olympic samples; UCI bars three Russian cyclists from Rio Olympics, three more removed; Contador already back in action on Saturday; UCI President Brian Cookson on La Course, developing women’s cycling and Rio predictions; Cold-Blooded: Tanner Putt born to race the Classics; Can success be bought in pro cycling? A look at team budgets and the value equation; Sagan signing to launch BORA team to WorldTour; The cost of being an Olympian; Racers finish Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme race; Focus on La Course by Le Tour de France; BORA-Argon18’s 10th rider

Cold-Blooded: Tanner Putt born to race the Classics

by Michael Better

UnitedHealthcare’s Tanner Putt got a taste of racing on the roads of the spring Classics and wants to go back. While his ProContinental team did not make the trip to Europe this year, his goal is to eventually return to racing on the cobbled roads of northern Europe.

Here is an excerpt from the feature:

Putt’s blossoming into a full-fledged professional bike racer turned his family full-on to the sport, but that wasn’t always the case. When asked whether his parents were involved with cycling, particularly the sporting side, before their kids came along, Putt chuckles and says, “No, not at all. They were real active people and always went camping and backpacking and would do [bike] tours, but they never raced.”

Putt and his his band of brothers are taking the cycling scene by storm, both from the racing perspective and industry perspective. “I have three brothers, an older one and two younger ones,” Putt said. “The older one works for Scott, the bike company. He races enduro and downhill. He used to race on the road as well. Then my two younger brothers, Chris, who I used to race with [on Axel Merckx’s development team], now races for Jelly Belly and my youngest brother, who just graduated high school, races for Hot Tubes. Everybody races. Everybody is into it.”

Putt’s dad has found his own niche in the sport by driving a car at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah or Amgen Tour of California and his mom, well, you’ll find her cheering loudly for her son from the roadside. Putt’s dad is able to use his driving position at the big U.S. races to find his way onto the sign-in stage in the mornings and give his son a huge hug before the stage.

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