In today’s Daily News Digest: Colbrelli left fuming at Coppa Sabatini while Pasqualon takes biggest career win; Bergen 2017 organisation overwhelmed by donations in face of €7M budget deficit; Dimension Data renews with Anton, signs Welshman Scott Davies; Spanish climber Rafa Valls signs with Movistar for 2018; American Logan Owen signs with Cannondale-Drapac; Latour back to racing after broken pelvis at Tour de France; 2018 Tour de Yorkshire host towns announced; Video: Phil Gaimon’s Worst Retirement Ever takes on Flagstaff in Boulder, Colorado; Video: SRAM engineers party with eTap rear derailleur races; Video: The O Bike Rabbit Hole.
Controversy in Sabatini sprint; Bergen 2017 faces deficit: Daily News Digest
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka announced Thursday that Igor Anton has renewed his contract, keeping the Basque climber at the African Team for the 2018 season. Scott Davies will also form part of the team’s 2018 roster as the young Brit joins from Team Wiggins.
Having started the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España the past two seasons in succession, Anton will begin his third season with Dimension Data in 2018. Before getting ill at the Vuelta a España last month, the 34-year old was riding to a top-20 placing overall. With 19 Grand Tours under his belt, Anton provides the team with the depth to be competitive on general classification or to ride in a support role for Louis Meintjes.
“I am really happy and feel very fortunate to stay in the professional peloton for another year,” Anton said. I want to thank the team for this opportunity to stay in the sport I love so much. At the Vuelta this year I could see I was not so far off the top level and it convinced me I still have more to give. Whether I ride for a result or support the young guys like Louis Meintjes or Ben O’Connor, I am motivated to give my all for this very unique and special team.”
— Team Dimension Data (@TeamDiData) September 28, 2017
After two seasons racing at the u23 level with Team Wiggins, Davies will make the step up to the World Tour as a neo-pro with Dimension Data in 2018. The 22-year-old Welshman took a U23 national time-trial title in 2017, as well as a top-10 finish at the U23 world TT championship in Bergen. He also rode to fourth overall at the U23 Giro d’Italia this year.
“I’m delighted to be joining Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka next season,” Davies said. “It’s a dream come true for me to be joining a WorldTour team with such a great cause. I’m grateful to Team Wiggins for their support over the last couple of seasons, and for giving me so many opportunities to develop myself. I’m now ready to continue my development, and start a new and exciting chapter with Dimension Data for Qhubeka.”