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by Mark Zalewski
May 26, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Kluge spoils sprinters’ day and gives IAM a reason to smile at Giro d’Italia; Wout Van Aert wins Baloise Belgium Tour prologue; Project 2016: The story behind USA Cycling’s revolutionary new track bikes; Chaves loses teammate support in Mezgec; Dimension Data seeking Grand Tour squad for 2017; British Cycling review panel names three; Sagan seeking wildcard spot for cross-country MTB at Rio Olympics; Giant-Alpecin names Tour de France long-list; Reports link Degenkolb to Trek-Segafredo; Teenaged Dygert’s talent still seems limitless; Giro stage 17 highlights; An Post RáS 2016 – Stage 3 highlights; 360 video of descent; Wiggins to race London six day race; Orica-GreenEdge backstage pass: Giro stage 17
Giant-Alpecin has named its long-list of riders for the upcoming Tour de France, with the stated goal of stage wins.
“We go to the Tour de France with the aim of winning a stage, and our long-list for this year’s Tour should provide opportunities to achieve this result,” said coach Adriaan Helmantel.
In terms of preparation, we have done video recons of eight stages. This footage will be analysed and used to prepare the guys and determine our tactics. In addition, some riders will train at an altitude training camp in Sierra Nevada, Spain, to build up their fitness levels.”
“The last key races for the team before the Tour de France will be the Critérium du Dauphiné, Tour de Suisse and Ster ZLM Toer.”
Riders such as Laurens ten Dam,Warren Barguil and John Degenkolb, who recently returned to racing at the Tour of California, would serve that goal well, while Tom Dumoulin already showed he can produce stage wins and contend for the overall at the Grand Tour level at the Giro.
Giant-Alpecin Tour de France long-list:
Nikias Arndt (GER)
Warren Barguil (FRA)
Roy Curvers (NED)
John Degenkolb (GER)
Koen de Kort (NED)
Tom Dumoulin (NED)
Johannes Fröhlinger (GER)
Simon Geschke (GER)
Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE)
Georg Preidler (AUT)
Ramon Sinkeldam (NED)
Laurens ten Dam (NED)
Albert Timmer (NED)
Zico Waeytens (BEL)