Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 5, 2016

In Friday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Morton repeats Utah stage win a year later; Gonçalves impresses in Portugal sprint; Van Poppel doubles wins in Burgos; Why the Tour of California’s move to WorldTour could be bad for US cycling; ‘Dream signing’ Michael Matthews confirmed by Giant-Alpecin; Preview: What you need to know about the men’s road race at the Rio Olympics; Dennis crashes on Rio course recon; Roche: A fourth Tour win for Froome will be complicated; Contador testing climbing legs in Burgos attack; AG2R La Mondiale signs Naesen and Vandenbergh for two seasons; Kluge signs with ORICA-BikeExchange; Davis Phinney’s ’84 Olympics bike and the golden dream that almost was; Study: Bicycle laws, infrastructure marginalizes poor; Drink developed for military boosts cycling performance; Five Crazy Moments in Olympic Cycling History; Wiggins set for final Olympic chapter – part two; Queensland state velodrome construction time-lapse

Kluge signs with ORICA-BikeExchange

by CyclingTips

2016 Giro d’Italia stage winner and Olympic silver medallist Roger Kluge (IAM Cycling) has signed with ORICA-BikeExchange for two years. The signing of the strong German is meant to bolster support for sprinter Caleb Ewan.

Cassano d’Adda - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Roger Kluge (IAM Cycling) pictured during stage 17 of the 99th Giro d’Italia 2016 from Molveno - Cassano d’Adda 196 km - foto LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2016

Cassano d’Adda – Italy – wielrennen – cycling – radsport – cyclisme – Roger Kluge (IAM Cycling) pictured during stage 17 of the 99th Giro d’Italia 2016 from Molveno – Cassano d’Adda 196 km – foto LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2016

“I’m really motivated to get integrated into the team and to play an important role in the sprint train,” he said. “I think I can make a really good contribution here and when the team leaders need protection from the wind – I’m happy to go in front.

“If the opportunity comes up and I get the chance, I’d obviously also like to bring home a win here and there, but above all I’ll be there to lead out the others to victory.”

“Signing Roger means that we have one of the best athletes in the business to head out our lead-out train for Caleb,” sport director Matt White said. “He’s a world class track rider but also very established on the road and capable of winning Grand Tour stages on his own.”

“I like the atmosphere the team shows at the races and I’ve always felt that could fit well into an Australian-based environment. You can tell they have gathered a really good group of people who like to work together and I’m happy that I get the chance to be a part of that.”

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