Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 1, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Boels-Dolmans wins opening team time trial at Giro Rosa; Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation announces anti-doping measures for Tour de France; Quintana: ‘The biggest rival is still Chris Froome’; Cavendish: ‘Sometimes following the right wheel is enough for winning’; Dan Martin: ‘I’m very optimistic about my chances’; Froome extends with Team Sky through 2020; Fuglsang extends with Astana through 2019; Bardet, Latour, Naesen extend with Ag2r La Mondiale through 2020; Trek, Specialized launch new road framesets on eve of Tour de France; Coryn Rivera extends with Team Sunweb through 2021; Wiggins hopes to compete in rowing at 2020 Olympics; Lance Armstrong launches daily Tour de France podcast.

Lance Armstrong launches daily Tour de France podcast

by CyclingTips

In conjunction with Outside Magazine, Lance Armstrong is launching a daily podcast, called Stages, focusing on the 2017 Tour de France. Co-hosted by longtime Austin radio personality JB Hager, Stages podcasts will be available about an hour after each stage finish, from July 1-23.

The podcast will feature guest appearances, course previews and Armstrong’s race analysis. In addition to a daily recap of all the action, Armstrong, who also hosts The Forward podcast, shares anecdotes from his years racing the Tour.

“I’m approaching this as if I were in the race. I want to know every stage profile, every weather report, where the wind is coming from, even how far away the team hotels are from the stage starts,” Armstrong said in an Outside post. “Just a couple things go wrong for you, and the Tour becomes a lot harder.”

Asked for a prediction on the race, Armstrong said he views Richie Porte (BMC Racing) as the pre-race favorite.

“The odds-on favorite is Richie Porte, if he can race smart. Plus, let’s see if his team can manage the race. I would bet my life on Sagan winning the green jersey… Froome is number two, and very well may win. My dark horse, and he could certainly pull it out, is Alejandro Valverde. You can’t get rid of Valverde. He won’t have any difficulty navigating the first week’s highly technical parts. He knows what the fuck he’s doing.”

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