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by Shane Stokes
August 25, 2017
Photography by Cor Vos
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Marczynski wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a España; Viviani wins stage three of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen dominates TT and takes lead; Jack Bobridge charged over selling street drugs; Contador impresses Froome with attacks, feels back to form : ‘I’m enjoying myself more’; Van Garderen remains positive despite time lost on Vuelta’s stage 6; Betancur out of Vuelta a España; Greipel affected by worries about his parents; Cummings, Thomson, Venter, Van Zyl and Janse van Rensburg all renew with Team Dimension Data; Dillier to Ag2r La Mondiale, Lindeman extends with LottoNL-Jumbo; Tour of Alberta line-up headed by strong Cannondale-Drapac squad; Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross opens international cyclocross season; Video: Girona Cycling Guide Josep From Bikebreaks Shows Us His Castle And Bike Collection; Video: Junior Tour of Ireland Cycling 2017
BMC Racing rider Silvan Dillier has joined recent new Ag2r La Mondiale signings Clément Venturini and Tony Gallopin, moving to the team on what is a three-year deal. The 27-year-old won stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia this year and also took the Swiss road race championships.
“I have a certain acquaintance with the team since I spent some time at the Chambéry Cyclisme Formation [CCF], the team’s training center, in 2010,” he said. “Mathias Frank told me that the team was looking for a rider of my profile, and that the whole team is really interesting, well-structured and with a healthy mentality. Then my talks with [team manager] Vincent Lavenu confirmed this impression.
“This is a very good project, and personally, I will be able to take advantage of some opportunities in good races. The prospect of racing for Romain Bardet on stage races or Oliver Naesen in the Classics is very motivating.”
Lavenu said that he had followed Dillier’s progress since he left the training centre seven years ago. “He is a versatile rider, an excellent rider, who was part of the BMC team time-trial backbone, which is not an easy thing to do. He is a rider still with a lot of potential; he will bring his strengths and contribute to the development of the team. He will be a co-leader in some spring Classics.”
Meanwhile 28-year-old Bert Jan Lindeman has inked a deal to remain with LottoNL-Jumbo in 2018, which will be his fourth year with the squad. He won a stage of the Vuelta a España two years ago and is currently riding the same race. “I feel at home within the team and I appreciate my role,” he said. “I support the leaders of the team, but I also get my own chances. Our staff works really well with all riders to improve them. That’s what I like the most. Personally I’m still improving too.”