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by Shane Stokes
June 24, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Yates and Chaves confirmed at head of Orica-Scott’s Tour team, Gerrans misses out; Contador’s Trek-Segafredo squad named for Tour de France; Martin shows solid pre-Tour form with seventh national TT championship; Cookson rejects claims he read and ignored 2012 Peter King report; Froome: ‘I have never been offered triamcinolone at Team Sky’; Behind the scenes insight into the work and character of Trek-Segafredo soigneur; Video: Steve Cummings speaks after winning British TT championships; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Shara Gillow; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on DROPS Cycling Team; Video: Couch Time with Carlee Taylor – Episode 1
Alberto Contador’s bid to win a third Tour de France title will see the Spaniard eschew his traditional all guns blazing approach, with the Spaniard deliberately holding back in recent weeks in a bid to be at a higher level in July. The riders who will back him in what he hopes will be a successful campaign were named on Friday, with the team’s fans the ones to make the names public.
The team selected nine followers and they each tweeted out the names of a rider; those riders then retweeted the announcement, as did the squad itself. Contador, of course, was one of the nine.
He will be joined by Bauke Mollema, Jarlinson Pantano, John Degenkolb, Fabio Felline, André Cardoso, Michael Gogl, Koen de Kort and Markel Irizar. In all the team will have seven nationalities.
Contador’s last win in the race was in 2009, and he has staked everything on being at 100 percent this time around.