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by Shane Stokes
August 15, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: ‘I want to win the Tour,’ declares Uran, announcing three-year contract extension; Meintjes rejoins Team Dimension Data for 2018; Froome chasing place in history as Team Sky’s Vuelta line-up named; Former winner Nibali: I’ve worked hard for the Vuelta; Glittering Orica-Scott GC squad for Vuelta a España; BMC Racing Team to Vuelta ‘with one of the strongest rosters we have named’; UAE Team Emirates targets top 10 in Vuelta, Katusha-Alpecin and Movistar also name squads; Revamped Three Days de Panne to Include WWT Event; Hepburn extends with Orica-Scott until end 2019; Astana signs Hirt, Keisse extends with Quick Step, Fabbro to Katusha; Canyon launches first full-carbon cyclocross bike: Inflite CF SLX; Video: Surprised competition winner gets handed pro bike by professional rider; Video: Contador relaxes at home; Video: High speed hand-up; Video: Uran struts his stuff at the Colorado Classic
Likewise Vincenzo Nibali.
Four time Grand Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali is one of the top favourites for the Vuelta a España and, having won the race already in 2010, he’s aiming for his second such victory. “I’ve worked hard and I’m ready for this new challenge,” he stated on Monday.
“The route is very demanding, but overall I like it. Competition is really strong, and seeing the ranking minimum gaps of Giro d’Italia and Tour de France you can not be distracted even for a moment. So many climbs, but also Navarra Circuit’s time trial with more of 40 kilometres can be decisive.”
The Italian is a four-time Grand Tour winner, taking the Vuelta seven years ago, winning the Giro d’Italia in 2013 and 2016 and taking the Tour de France yellow jersey to Paris in 2014. He was third in this year’s Giro, a race he wanted to win, and is consequently fired up to succeed in Spain.
He will be joined by Valerio Agnoli, Manuele Boaro, Ivan Cortina, Javier Moreno, Antonio Nibali, Domen Novak, Franco Pellizotti and Giovanni Visconti. According to directeur sportif Paolo Slongo, this wasn’t the lineup the squad was originally aiming for, but he believes they can nevertheless do well.
“Unfortunately, it’s not the team we imagined with the absence of strong riders such as Izagirre, Navardauskas and Sioutsou,” he stated. “But this has allowed us to bring in two interesting young boys like Domen Novak and Antonio Nibali. For them it will be a great experience. It’s the usual Vuelta with so many long, steep climbs and so much ground to attack. We are well prepared and we come from a good Tour de Pologne where Vincenzo and the team have given good signals.” The Italian rider was sixth on a stage and ninth overall in the race, but was also still building form.