Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 31, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Cimolai wins first road stage at Tour of Japan; UCI announces new safety rules concerning motorbike use in races; Giant-Alpecin nearly back to full strength; Etixx-QuickStep satisfied with Giro results; Dowsett breaks British 25 mile time trial record; Ex-pro David Cañada dies in Gran Fondo accident; Martyn Irvine considering return; How to survive racing at the development level; Australia announces Rio Paralympic team; Ducks could not care less about bike racing

Giant-Alpecin nearly back to full strength

by CyclingTips

After a challenging start to the season, with multiple riders sidelined from injuries sustained in a car crash at training camp, the Giant-Alpecin team says it is finally getting back to full strength and ready for the next part of the season — the Tour de France and the Rio Olympics.

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“This year we are taking a slightly different approach in terms of planning in comparison to the last years,” the team’s coach Adriaan Helmantel said. “With Warren [Barguil] we’ll focus on making sure he’s at his best in July, whereas with Tom [Dumoulin] we will focus on his second big season target, the time trial at the Rio Olympics in Brazil in August.”

Dumoulin’s racing at the Giro was planned with Rio in mind from the start. “We concluded that with having finished 10 stages in the Giro, a combination of specific training, an altitude camp, the Dutch championships and the Tour de France looks the optimal plan for preparing for Rio.”

“Because he missed the first part of the season, the focus with John [Degenkolb] is more on racing in this period rather than joining the altitude camp as he did previous years. For him it is crucial at this stage to regain racing rhythm.”

It has been widely reported that Degenkolb is heading to Trek-Segafredo next season.

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