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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
The Orica-Scott team will field one of the strongest lineups in the Vuelta a España following the confirmation that three GC riders will spearhead its squad. The 2016 podium finisher and stage winner Esteban Chaves will join with Adam Yates, last year’s best young rider in the Tour de France, while this year’s white jersey winner Simon Yates will also be prominent.
“We have the best general classification riders we can put together,” said directeur sportif Neil Stephens. “We have all three of them here, and that is going to be a bit of a challenge. It’s an exciting challenge for us all to focus on, but at the end of the day the team is our leader and all three riders have always fully committed to that.
“We did it at the Vuelta last year with Simon and Esteban and in the final the race is sorted out on the road. Despite finishing with a top 10 himself, Simon was selfless in his support of our podium finish. The aim is a team result in Madrid, who it is, it doesn’t matter.”
Adam Yates finished ninth in this year’s Giro and also took the best young rider award. He was originally due to be joined there by Chaves but he missed the race due to injury. He did the Tour instead, but a lack of form meant he played a supporting role. He hopes to perform far better in Spain.
“Looking at the quality of rivals, if we were able to repeat what we did last year and get on the podium in Madrid that would be a really fantastic result,” said Stephens. The trio will be joined by Sam Bewley, Magnus Cort, Jack Haig, Chris Juul-Jensen, Svein Tuft and Carlos Verona.