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by Mark Zalewski
April 26, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Felline wins Tour de Romandie opener; French rider Yoann Offredo assaulted while training; Memories of Michele: Scarponi remembered as an entertainer, a motivator and as a warm human being; British Cycling cuts places in podium programme due to funding cuts; Lotto Soudal announces Giro roster; Tour of Britain announces 2017 route; USA Cycling publishes 2016 ‘Race Clean’ report; Eurosport announces new host for Giro, Tour; Former British pro Phil Edwards dies; Jonathan Tiernan-Locke given driving ban for drunk driving; Club rider warns of imitation sunglasses after crash; TRINITIES Part 3: Liège–Bastogne–Liège; Video: Mile 1 – Into the light.
Lotto Soudal announced its lineup for the first Grand Tour of the season, the 100th Giro d’Italia, led by sprinter André Greipel. Along with The Gorilla, the team features a mix of veteran and newer riders.
Last year Greipel won three stages in the Giro. This will be his fifth Giro and the German champion is aiming for more stage wins.
Bart De Clercq and Maxime Monfort are the climbers and will rely on the support of Tomasz Marczynski.
It will be the second Giro for Sean De Bie, the second Grand Tour in his career, while Jasper De Buyst makes his Giro début. Moreno Hofland will ride his third consecutive Giro, the first one for Lotto Soudal.
At 37, Lars Bak is very experienced in riding Grand Tours. This Giro will be his seventeenth Grand Tour and his ninth Giro. However, Adam Hansen beats anyone in Grand Tour experience with this Giro marking his 24th Grand Tour in his career and his ninth Tour of Italy.