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by Shane Stokes
August 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Theuns wins stage four of the BinckBank Tour; Teuns wins stage one of the Arctic Race of Norway; Bouhanni wins stage 2 of the Tour de l’Ain; Valente wins first stage of Inaugural Colorado Classic; Bound for Vuelta and bowled over by support, Hansen thanks fans; Formolo joins Bora-hansgrohe, team extends contracts of Bennett, Selig and others; Boswell becomes first American to sign for Katusha; Gila stage winner Narvaez joins QuickStep Floors, Serry extends; Greipel frustrated by lack of recent success: ‘I cannot even sprint’; Bay Crits cancelled for 2018; Video: Alberto Contador – The Legend; Video: Meet Rosella Bonfanti, UCI Commissaire – Women’s Cycling; Video: Cyclist gets physical with bike thief
Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Garmin), Stage 4, 2015 Giro d’Italia. Photo IB/LB/RB/Cor Vos.
Giro d’Italia stage winner Davide Formolo has signed a two-year deal with Bora-hansgrohe, and will continue his work towards expected Grand Tour contention there. The 24-year-old competed with Cannondale in 2014 and then moved across with that sponsor to Cannondale-Drapac, where he has raced the past three seasons.
His results include that Giro stage win in 2015, fourth in the 2016 Tour of Poland, ninth overall in that year’s Vuelta a España and tenth overall in this year’s Giro d’Italia. “It wasn’t an easy decision to leave my old team,” he said. “I had a great time there and we achieved a lot together. But it is impressive how fast Bora – hansgrohe develops as a WorldTeam and that appealed to me. Now I am delighted to take on a new challenge with them.”
Team Manager Ralph Denk said he was proud to welcome the Italian to the team. “He is a talented rider. In Italy people talk of him being the next Ivan Basso,” he said. “For us he will be an important rider for the Grand-Tours, but we also think he can play a big role in the Ardennes Classics. Already when he was very young he did some impressive results. Now it’s our turn to help him to take the next step in his career.”
Also signing contracts with the team are current riders Sam Bennett, Rudi Selig, Michael Schwarzmann and Christoph Pfingsten.
“It was also very important to me to extend our relationship with Sam Bennett,” Denk continued. “With his win in Paris-Nice he proved again to be one of the fastest riders in the peloton, and we think there is still room for improvements. With Rudi Selig we have an important helper in the lead-outs.”