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by Shane Stokes
June 22, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Démare sprints to victory in Halle Ingooigem; Dumoulin wins third Dutch national TT title; Skujins returns from California injury with second in Latvian time trial championship; Martin and Kristoff head Katusha-Alpecin Tour de France lineup; Sagan and Majka’s Bora-hansgrohe teammates confirmed for Tour de France; Team Sunweb confirms riders to compete in Tour de France alongside Michael Matthews; Pro panel suggesting course changes for 2018 Australian national road championships; Tour de Pologne reduces team sizes; Cyrus Monk earns Cannondale-Drapac stagiaire position; Dyball secures stagiaire slot with French pro team; Video: A message from David Lappartient, UCI Presidential candidate
Aligning with its stated position of giving opportunities to riders from the Drapac Pat’s Veg team, the Cannondale-Drapac squad has announced that Cyrus Monk has been given a stagiaire position with the WorldTour team.
The 20-year-old University of Melbourne student will line out with the squad from the start of August. His programme will include the Tour of Britain, Colorado Classic, and various one-day races in Italy. He earned the slot thanks to results such as eighth in the national championships and ninth on a stage in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, as well as third in the Oceania championship under 23 TT and fifth in the road race. He is also currently the overall leader in the 2017 Towards Zero Victorian Road Series.
However Monk admits he was surprised to get the stagiaire slot. “I was a little frustrated with my early races, and thought that I would need some more concrete results, but luckily my consistency was enough to catch Cannondale-Drapac’s attention,” he stated.
“I’m really looking forward to being a part of cycling at a WorldTour level. After following cycling for so long, I’m excited to be in a position of the riders who I’ve looked up to.”
Like the other riders on the Drapac Pat’s Veg team, Monk is currently studying. In fact, he was Melbourne University’s 2016 male athlete of the year. Team owner Michael Drapac explained that his studies are part of what earned him the stagiaire slot. “Cyrus is an exemplar of the philosophy of holistic athletic development,” he said. “From the perspective of any sporting code, he is an inspiration, and role-model, and we should be proud of him.”