Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 27, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert extends World Cup lead with dominant win at Heusden-Zolder; Vos continues comeback with World Cup win at Heusden-Zolder; British Cycling announces funding cuts; Froome discusses 2017 race plan; Quintana confirms Giro, Tour double; Movistar extends with Soler, Sütterlin; Van der Haar makes return at Heusden-Zolder; Van der Poel changes a shoe faster than many change a bike; Carol of the Spokes.

Froome discusses 2017 race plan

by CyclingTips

Team Sky’s leader Chris Froome will see a very similar race programme in 2017 as he had this season, including a start in Australia with a stop in South Africa for training before heading to Europe.

“It’s a programme that I’m used to,” Froome said to Gazzetta dello Sport during an interview at his shoe sponsor Sidi.

When asked about the key race on his programme, the Tour de France, Froome said next year’s parcours should provide some interesting twists.

“It’s very different from the usual, with only three mountain-top finishes — and only one of them long and hard so we’ll put it all on that single day. Also because there are only a few kilometres against the clock, you will see a more open race and maybe that will be good for the show.”

Speaking about his two main rivals he said, “Quintana makes me suffer a lot on the ups and downs. Contador is difficult because he is unpredictable — he can still win, he has the intelligence, experience and motivation. Little is said of it but he is still one of the best climbers in the world.”