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by Shane Stokes
June 21, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: France’s Lappartient declares he will run against Cookson in UCI presidential election; Cookson questions Lappartient’s vision, says Frenchman hasn’t provided a detailed plan; Lance Armstrong wants Andreu and LeMond, USADA report and more excluded from fraud trial; Cummings to return to racing in British championships; How the UCI president gets elected; Jesse Anthony details battle against mononucleosis; Peter Sagan to become a father; Bahrain Merida review of 2017 Giro; Cycling Motivation 2017 – The Classics
Steve Cummings won stages at the 2015 and 2016 Tours de France.
Out of action since his crash on stage four of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in April, Steve Cummings will make his competitive return in this week’s British national championships. The Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka rider will join teammate Mark Cavendish, himself also on the comeback trail, in Sunday’s road race, as well as Scott Thwaites.
Cummings will also compete in the time trial. He is one of the team’s strongest riders but has been sidelined due to fractures to his left collarbone and scapula plus his sternum. Cavendish was out of action until last week’s Tour of Slovenia, having suffered from an injury after Milan-San Remo and then the Epstein Barr/mononucleosis virus.
The team is yet to confirm if either or both will ride the Tour de France. When on form they are two of the strongest on the squad. Cavendish took an encouraging second place on the final stage of the Tour of Slovenia.
Also in action this week are several other Team Dimension Data competitors. In Eritrea, Natnael Berhane, Daniel Teklehaimanot, Merhawi Kudus and Mekseb Debesay will ride both the time trial and the road race, while Adrien Niyonshuti will tackle the same events in the Rwandan championships.
Edvald Boasson Hagen will try to repeat his 2016 road race and time trial double in the Norwegian championships. Serge Pauwels will target the Belgian road race, while Kristian Sbaragli is aiming for success in the Italian version of the same event.