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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
Having indicated that he will leave the Direct Energie team after the current season, Bryan Coquard could find himself left off the selection for the Tour de France. Team manager Jean-René Bernaudeau has said that the rider must prove his worth and his form if he is to get a green light, otherwise another rider will be sent in his place.
“The fact that he is leaving will change his mindset,” Bernaudeau told l’Equipe. “Will his teammates work for someone whose mindset will change? I would prefer to see Voeckler with Quémeneur, Calmejane with the attackers, and Chavanel.”
As for Coquard, he said that he will continue to work hard as if he is going to the race. He has been told by his team boss that if he shows a certain performance level, he may be allowed go to the Tour. “If he gives us guarantees, he will go. The guarantes – winning a stage of the Dauphiné. If he beats [Arnaud] Démare, that would be good news.
“We still believe in him, but he is distracted.” Coquard went agonisingly close to taking a stage win last year, being edged out by Marcel Kittel on stage four to Limoges, and was also third one day beforehand.
Thus far this year, Coquard has notched up five wins. He took stages in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, the Vuelta a Andalucía and the Baloise Belgium Tour, and nabbed two stages plus the points classification in the Circuit de la Sarthe. He was eighth on Tuesday’s third stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, one place behind Démare.