Michelton-Scott team names Adam Yates as leader for 2018 Tour de France; Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates to take on Giro d’Italia/Vuelta a Espana campaign; Ruffoni handed a four year ban over GHRP doping positive; Anti-doping chief aghast at Flanders invitation to Armstrong; Lobato was hospitalised over sleep medication, LottoNL-Jumbo riders face possible sacking; Silca calls for stop-use on SuperPista floor pumps; Video: Road rage Italian (cycling) style; Video: Phils Gaimon’s Worst Retirement Ever, Episode 10 – Mt. Washington Hillclimb; Video: Eurosport looks back at Milan-San Remo
Yates to lead Michelton-Scott at Tour, Ruffoni gets 4 year ban: Daily News Digest
Just as it did for Adam Yates on Friday, the Michelton-Scott team laid out the big target for Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates for 2018. The duo will target both the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana, missing out on the Tour.
“I love racing in Italy,” said Chaves. “Italy gave me the hardest moments in my career but also the most beautiful ones, so I am happy to go back to Italy to race. There’s just 44kilometres of time trialling and this was one of the reasons for the team’s choice and my choice to do the Giro d’Italia. This year we learnt a lot. Myself and all of the team are really hungry now for next season.”
Head sports director Matt White said that he believes the race really suits the Colombian’s characteristics. “He loves the long climbs and because he grew up at high altitude, the higher the road goes the more comfortable he becomes. Next year’s edition also doesn’t have as many time trial kilometres as past years and this is also beneficial for Esteban’s ambitions in May.”
Yates will join the Colombian in both events, with the duo sharing leadership. The Briton will make his debut in the Italian event, having finished seventh in the 2017 Tour. “To keep progressing as a rider I think you need to challenge yourself in different ways, and riding the Giro instead of the Tour de France is one of these ways,” he said. “It will be an extremely difficult race and I look forward to the new challenge.”
White said that Yates handled the pressure of riding GC in the Tour ‘incredibly well’ and then went on to compete in the Vuelta a Espana. “I think he really gained a lot from doing two Grand Tours and it will be great to see him at the Giro for the first time next year.”