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by Shane Stokes
May 13, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Ewan wins stage 7 of Giro d’Italia; Chavanel takes stage 4 of the Four Days of Dunkirk; Gaviria builds advantage in Giro’s points classification; Bennett goes close again; Dumoulin believes Ag2r La Mondiale can take final overall victory in Dunkirk; BMC Racing Team lays out ambitions for Amgen Tour of California; Kittel to lead QuickStep Floors squad in Amgen Tour of California; Lance Armstrong makes light of fake death reports; Actor Patrick Dempsey joins riders for start of Giro d’Italia stage; Publication of Lizzie Deignan’s UK Anti-Doping ruling blocked; Cannondale-Drapac Chases More Green; Video: Caleb Ewan – post-race interview – Stage 7 Giro d’Italia 2017; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 7 Post Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 6 Post Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 7 Pre race; Video: Keagan Girdlestone’s Tour De Comeback Documentary; Video: Signal; Video: Race Reporter Ruby with Peter Sagan; Audio: Quintana the funnyman?
Team sprinter Marcel Kittel missed this year’s Giro d’Italia to arrive fresher at the Tour de France, and will instead target stage wins in the Amgen Tour of California, starting Sunday. His QuickStep Floors team has confirmed him as the team leader for the event.
The German rider returns five years after making his debut in the race. Kittel has clocked up seven victories thus far and wants to add further to that tally while competing in the US.
Directeur sportif Brian Holm has laid out the team’s ambitions. “It’s nice to be back in California. This is a race we like and in which we’ve had plenty of success in the past, and which at the same time is becoming harder by the year, even more now that is part of the World Tour,” he stated.
“Unfortunately, Julian Alaphilippe, who won the 2016 edition, won’t be here due to a knee injury, while David De La Cruz, who was supposed to be our man for the general classification, is also out due to health problems. Despite this, we still have a good team, with Marcel Kittel, who has a fair chance of winning a stage, and young neo-pro Enric Mas, who I’m very curious to see how will climb on Mt. Baldy, so all-in-all, we are confident.”
The team will be completed by Jack Bauer, Fabio Sabatini, Maximilian Schachmann, Zdenek Stybar, Matteo Trentin and Martin Velits.