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by Shane Stokes
July 29, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Commissaire who disqualified Sagan from Tour calls for video judges in cycling; Cycling Australia introduces new transgender athlete policy; Lotto-Soudal chasing success after winless Tour de France; Bookwalter chasing home-soil success in Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah; Jungels back in action at Tour de Pologne; Movistar extends with Arcas, Oliveira and Pedrero; Four years on, McQuaid weighs in on pro cycling; Following the 2017 Transcontinental ultra-endurance race; Mark Cavendish Launches The Amstel Cold Tub Pub
Having missed out on a win in this year’s Tour de France, the Lotto-Soudal team is looking to get back on track this weekend in either the Clásica San Sebastián or the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
The 2013 winner Tony Gallopin will lead the team in Saturday’s race, and will also be joined by strong riders such as Tiesj Benoot, Jelle Vanendert and Tim Wellens. “The goal for Saturday will be to compete for victory,” said directeur sportif Frederik Willems. “We start with a strong team that consists of, on the one hand, riders who have ridden the Tour de France, and on the other hand, guys who just finished a good Tour de Wallonie.
“Tony Gallopin will be the team leader. He has proven in the past that this is a race that suits him very well. He has always set a nice result in the three times he has participated. He won in 2013, was fifth in 2014 and finished in second place last year. He has shown to be in great shape during the past Tour de France where he was in the attack a couple of times in the second and third week.”
Meanwhile the team will look to André Greipel as its leader in Sunday’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. He was second on the final stage of the Tour de France and third on three other occasions.
“André Greipel has returned in good shape from the Tour de France. It’s true that he didn’t win a stage, but he came close a couple of times,” said directeur sportif Bart Leysen. “He has also put his mind onto this Prudential RideLondon. Next to that, Jasper De Buyst has shown to be in excellent shape in the Tour de Wallonie. He won the second stage and had a chance to win in the fourth stage as well.