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by Shane Stokes
June 3, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet wins stage two of Skoda Tour of Luxembourg, Drucker holds race lead; Resurgent Betancur ensures Movistar comes out best on day one of Hammer Series Limburg; Prologue winner Le Bon takes stage one of the Boucles de la Mayenne; Despite quiet season, Froome confident ahead of Dauphiné; Former race winner Talansky spearheads Cannondale-Drapac in Critérium du Dauphiné; Martin the designated leader of Quick Step Floors team at the Critérium du Dauphiné; Cannondale-Drapac team plays down talk title sponsor is leaving; Laws speaks about living, and riding, with cancer; Critérium du Dauphiné set to race Alpe d’Huez from a new direction; Blythe says he was forced to apologise to dangerous driver; Ultracycling legend Mike Hall’s ashes being transported on poignant final journey; Lucy Kennedy awarded twelfth Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship; Wanda Sport’s Ironman further expands cycling involvement with purchase of Competitor Group Holdings; Video: JLT Condor Pro Cycling Team; Video: onboard graphics from the Hammer Series
Confidence building after winning the Mount Baldy stage and finishing third overall in the Amgen Tour of California, Andrew Talansky will spearhead the Cannondale-Drapac team in the Critérium du Dauphiné, starting Sunday.
“Baldy and the Tour of California in general was a great week for the team,” he said. “We really enjoyed the race and built some positive momentum heading into the summer. Baldy confirmed that everything is progressing smoothly. If we can carry that mentality, that way of racing into the remainder of the season, I have no doubt we will be successful. I’m feeling good physically and mentally.
The 28-year-old rider won the race in 2014 and is once again aiming for a big performance. “I think the team has opportunities to win stages and end up with a nice overall GC result. Formolo is clearly strong coming out of the Giro with a top-10 placing. For me personally, I’ll do the best race I can, same as at California. I have always enjoyed Dauphine. It fits nicely in the build up towards July, but really it’s a great race in its own right. I think it’s always an exciting week and I’m looking forward to heading back.”
He will be joined by the in-form Davide Formolo, who finished tenth overall in the Giro d’Italia. Also on board are Alberto Bettiol, Nate Brown, Brendan Canty, Simon Clarke, Sebastian Langeveld and Dylan Van Baarle.
The latter was a fine fourth in the Tour of Flanders and is looking forward to the event. “My goal for this Dauphiné is to get stronger on the climbs and hopefully the shape is better when I come out,” he said. “We have a really good team and I hope we can show ourselves. We have Formolo and Talansky for the big mountain stages and Simon and Alberto for the harder sprint stages.”