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by Shane Stokes
August 10, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan wins stage three in BinckBank Tour, moves closer to race lead; Lobato wins stage one of Tour de l’Ain; Rowe suffers serious stag party injury: ‘My foot was hanging off’; Veteran rider Tuft signs up for another year with Orica-Scott; Majka leads Bora–hansgrohe in Vuelta España, Sagan, Bennett and König will miss race; Koren to move from Cannondale-Drapac to Bahrain-Merida; Former junior Paris-Roubaix winner Sénéchal signs for QuickStep Floors; Video: Ayesha McGowan aiming to be the first African-American female pro cyclist; Video: US junior rider Hannah Jordan fending off rare growth disorder; Video: Chris Akrigg – The Mongoose Guide Raw
Cannondale-Drapac rider Kristijan Koren has signed up for 2018 with the Bahrain-Merida squad, saying the time is right for a change in his career. “I am really happy to announce joining Bahrain-Merida Team in the next season. I would also like to thank the management of Liquigas Cannondale Team that introduced me to cycling elite in 2009, and my current team, Cannondale-Drapac. It was a pleasure riding for them but I am also looking forward to new challenges.
“In Bahrain-Merida I will also be able to speak in my own language since quite a lot of my teammates will be Slovenes. I am also looking forward to working with Vincenzo Nibali again. I was a part of his team when he was 3rd at 2012 Tour de France and now I will be happy to help him achieve new podiums. This time in a different jersey and on a different bike. But first I want to finish this season well for Cannondale-Drapac.”
The 30-year-old previously finished second in the Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli and has been third and fourth overall in the Tour of Slovenia. Bahrain-Merida general manager Brent Copeland outlined why he is an important signing.
“Having Kristijan in the team Bahrain-Merida is something we are very proud to announce,” he said. “He is an exceptionally experienced rider who completes an area of the team roster which we were not able to fulfil during our first racing season. This makes him an even more important asset to the team.
“Kristijan is one of the hard working domestiques in the peloton who will bring some of his experience to the Classics in Belgium, as well as many other races which his eight years as a professional has taught him. We are excited about him joining and welcome him to the team.”