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by Shane Stokes
September 5, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Viviani wins stage two of the Tour of Britain after Boasson-Hagen relegated; Boasson Hagen responds to relegation; Phinney disqualified from Tour of Britain; Dennis out of Vuelta, Frankiny also forced to withdraw; UCI rejects criticism of hidden motor tests, but Stade 2 report raises important questions; Haig extends with Orica-Scott; Gilbert and Van Avermaet named as leaders for Belgian world championship squad; Starting the Race to the Rock with a huge handicap; Tech: Wattbike launches new indoor trainer for home users; Video: Red Hook Crit Barcelona; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage pass from stage 15 of the Vuelta a España; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Boels Rental Ladies Tour, highlights day 6; Video: When roadies go off-road
Recent Tour of Poland stage winner Jack Haig has extended his contract with the Orica-Scott team, committing his immediate future to the squad. The 23-year-old Australian is described as one of the team’s most important climbers, and was tenth on stage six of the Vuelta a España. He is currently a solid 23rd overall despite riding for Esteban Chaves.
“I am super happy to re-sign with the team,” Haig said in a team statement on Monday. “I am really happy to be here and the environment the team has created to help with my development is a really enjoyable. I am hoping that as I keep developing and progressing I will start to get more responsibility in races and move up a little bit to the second leadership role in some of the smaller tours.”
He said that he believes Orica-Scott has nurtured its talent in the correct way. “The team puts no pressure on the younger riders and we get to take our time to grow as naturally as we can,” he said. “Nothing is rushed and that seems to be working really well for me. I want to really keep pushing to get better and this team seems to be the perfect place to do that.”
According to director sportif Matt White, his progress has been very encouraging. “It has been extremely pleasing to see the rapid development of Jack over the last year and a half on our team,” he said. “He arrived as one of the best under-23 climbers in the world and now has turned into a very reliable part of our WorldTour team. It’s great to see Jack will be continuing his development with us and we are looking forward to see how far his talent and commitment will take him.”