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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
Former Australian time trial champion Michael Hepburn has finalised an agreement to remain with the Orica-Scott team for a further two seasons. “I have been with this team from the beginning and in that time I’ve formed great bonds with many of the riders and staff,” he stated. “It really does feel like home, like a family to me and I’m really pleased to be staying with the team for another two years.
“I’m looking forward to racing the Northern Classics again after having missed them last season due to commitments with the national team on the track and the team time trial world championships are still a huge goal of mine.”
Now 25, he said that he has noted the increased focus on GC results with the squad. “I’ve seen the team’s goals change over my time and we’ve all had to adapt in different ways, allowing me to continuously learn new things each year,” Hepburn continued.
“With so many general classification riders now capable of being on the podium in the biggest races on the calendar, I want to keep helping them and the team achieve goals in those races. I feel like I’ve made some big gains in my development in the last year and I’m really excited and looking forward to testing myself in more races.”
Directeur sportif Matt White said that his focus this season on the road has seen positive changes. “I think we are going to see even more development on the road in the next couple of years, having popped in and out of track ambitions for the last six years. In that period he has won multiple world titles and Olympic medals but now his focus is totally on the road and we will benefit from that.”