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by Neal Rogers
June 30, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Richie Porte extends with BMC Racing Team beyond 2017; Dario Cataldo renews with Astana through 2019; Twelve national champions to start Tour de France in Düsseldorf; Upon reanalysis of 2012 sample, UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal imposes four-year ban on Jure Kocjan for EPO use; UCI adds three events to 2018 Women’s WorldTour calendar; Kazakhstan junior Dana Akhmetova dies after losing consciousness in Youth Sports Games; Yorkshire host towns revealed for 2019 UCI Road World Championships; Androni Giocattoli renews sponsorship for 2018; Trek puts up funds for equal prize money at Waterloo cyclocross World Cup event; Cyclists using mobile phones in Victoria to face $476 fine.
Italian rider Dario Cataldo will remain with Astana Proteam for the next two years. The agreement between the team and the rider was extended for 2018 and 2019.
“I am really happy to renew my contract with Astana Proteam,” Caldato said. “This is a great team, which is developing year by year, always setting the highest goals at the Grand Tours. I like this so much, because I find a good motivation in moving ahead in my progress as a rider and staying in the successful team with big ambitions.”
Cataldo, 32, is riding third third season with Astana Proteam. In 2015, when he was one of the riders to help Fabio Aru win the Vuelta a España.
Recently, Caldato placed 14th place at the Giro d’Italia. On Saturday, he will make his debut at the Tour de France.
“I like the style and sports character of Dario,” said Astana team manager Alexander Vinokurov. “He is a real fighter on the road, who can be a super domestique for the leader, but in the same time he can take a responsibility in the race on himself. We saw it in the Giro just a few weeks ago. I am happy to provide Dario a new contract for the next two seasons. We see his progress and in the nearest future he can reach some nice results.”