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by Shane Stokes
September 2, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Trentin completes treble with victory on stage 13 of Vuelta; Brennauer outsprints Hosking and Fournier to win stage 4 of Boels Ladies Tour; Belkov says Vuelta assailant has a mental disability: ‘I won’t take any further action’; Successful heart surgery for Navardauskas; Following swift recovery from fractures, Hermans confirmed for Tour of Britain; Lawless joins other Tour de l’Avenir stage winners at Team Sky; Reist becomes first woman to win Race Around Ireland; Video: Theuns belts some tunes in Vuelta singsong; Video: Chris Froome post-race interview, Stage 13 Vuelta a España
Days after Team Sky announced that it had signed a trio of top young talent, it has added British Under 23 road race champion Chris Lawless to that list. The 21-year-old’s signing makes him the fourth stage winner from the recent Tour de l’Avenir to sign for the team, following on from agreements with overall winner Egan Bernal, Pavel Sivakov and Kristoffer Halvorsen.
“One of my main reasons for joining Team Sky is that I feel it’s going to be the best place for me to develop as a rider,” he said. “I’ve had a good 2017 so far. The overall win at the ZLM Tour and the stage win at Tour de L’Avenir were both really big wins for me. I was happy with the way I won them. It’s not how I usually win races. I attacked instead of waiting for the sprint.”
“The other highlight was obviously the British Nationals and winning the under 23 jersey. I was happy to be able to compete with the other WorldTour guys there and I was still able to attack and show my pace at the end.” He said that his goals include becoming a more well-rounded rider, and that he believed Team Sky was the ideal place to do that.
“We first saw Chris a couple of years back and he is someone we’ve been keeping an eye on,” said Sky’s Rod Ellingworth. “He’s had some good results this year. He just won a stage at the Tour de L’Avenir, so he’s in good company there.
“He put in a really good ride at the nationals earlier in the year. Not just in terms of the result but also in the way he rode. He’s strong and fast, and he attacked it from the gun, which was impressive. He’s a British talent with lots of potential. He has the capability and capacity to learn and develop with us”