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by Neal Rogers
July 1, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Boels-Dolmans wins opening team time trial at Giro Rosa; Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation announces anti-doping measures for Tour de France; Quintana: ‘The biggest rival is still Chris Froome’; Cavendish: ‘Sometimes following the right wheel is enough for winning’; Dan Martin: ‘I’m very optimistic about my chances’; Froome extends with Team Sky through 2020; Fuglsang extends with Astana through 2019; Bardet, Latour, Naesen extend with Ag2r La Mondiale through 2020; Trek, Specialized launch new road framesets on eve of Tour de France; Coryn Rivera extends with Team Sunweb through 2021; Wiggins hopes to compete in rowing at 2020 Olympics; Lance Armstrong launches daily Tour de France podcast.
Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang has extended with Astana Proteam through 2019.
“Of course, I am happy to extend the contract with Astana Team,” Fuglsang said. “I’ve spent already five years here and it has been some really good years. I had the possibility to develop with Astana and hope to continue to do it in the future. After five years I feel here like in a family. I feel really good in the team, so in the end it was not difficult at all to decide to remain here for a few seasons more.”
The team said in a press release that Fuglsang’s overall win at the Critérium du Dauphiné in June was a “turning point.”
“Jakob is one of key riders in Astana Proteam,” said team manager Alexandr Vinokurov. “In five years, he proved himself as a strong Grand Tour rider. He was the one who could support the leader in the crucial moments of the race, and now he is showing his qualities as a team’s leader too. His Critérium du Dauphiné win brought a lot of motivation to the team and after it we start the Tour de France with ambitions and hopes. I am really happy to have Jakob in Astana Proteam for the next two years.”
The silver medalist of the 2016 Olympic Games, Fuglsang will start his seventh Tour de France on Saturday. His best finish was in 2013, when he finished seventh overall.