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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
Second overall in the recent Tour de Pologne, Rafal Majka has been named as the Bora-hansgrohe team leader for the upcoming Vuelta a España. The squad has confirmed he will head the squad, while stating that Leopold König has recovered from injury but will miss the race.
Also absent will be world champion Peter Sagan and Sam Bennett, with Michael Schwarzmann instead leading the team in the sprints. Majka will be supported by climbers such as Emanuel Buchmann, Patrick Konrad and Pawel Poljanski. The team will be completed by Cesare Benedetti, Michael Kolar, Christoph Pfingsten and Andreas Schillinger.
“I think we have a well-balanced squad to support Rafal but also to go for stage wins,” said Team Manager Ralph Denk. “Rafal will be our GC leader with the goal to finish in the top five. But we also want to win a stage, and I think there will be chances for Buchmann and Konrad in some stages.”
Team Doctor Jan-Niklas Droste explained why König will miss the race. “After his long-lasting knee irritation, Leo feels better now. He had his first race in San Sebastian, but we think he is not ready yet for a three-week tour. The intensity for his knee could be too high. [In order not] to not take any risk for his long-term perspectives, he won’t race the Vuelta.”