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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
Froome shared a moment with his son atop the podium.
Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has gone close to victory in the Vuelta a España before, netting second overall on three separate occasions. This time around he is bigging up his chances, saying that he believes he is on course for what would be a very rare double.
“It certainly feels as if I’ve got unfinished business with this race,” he said in a team statement on Monday. “I’ve finished second three times now, but I’ve got a good feeling about this year’s Vuelta. It feels like we’re on much more of a mission this year, and aiming for the Tour/Vuelta double this season has been a huge motivation.”
Froome has seemed below his usual level for much of the year and has only taken one victory. However that was the Tour de France, and he has indicated that he deliberately held back so as to finally be in his best possible Vuelta shape. If he is successful in taking the Giro/Tour double, he would join just two others who have previously done so, namely Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault.
He would be the first to do so since the race was rescheduled to take place after the Tour in 1995. He will be backed in the Tour by Wout Poels, Mikel Nieve, Diego Rosa, David Lopez, Gianni Moscon, Salvatore Puccio, Ian Stannard and Christian Knees.
“I don’t think we’ve been to the Vuelta a Espana with a team as strong as we’ve got this year,” he stated. “One thing that really sets the Vuelta apart from other races is where it is in the season. You have this mixture of riders who have targeted the Vuelta specifically, and others who are coming off a big season already. Typically, it’s a very aggressive race and a very punchy style of racing, which always makes for great viewing for the fans.”