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by Shane Stokes
June 27, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Cavendish and Cummings confirmed for Team Dimension Data’s Tour de France squad; Cannondale-Drapac confirms Tour de France line-up; Backup for Quintana and Valverde confirmed by Movistar; Fuglsang and Aru lead Astana at Tour de France; Bardet’s Ag2r teammates finalized for Tour; Bouhanni leads Cofidis in 2017 Tour de France; Izagirre and Colbrelli heading Bahrain-Merida’s Tour lineup; Meintjes aiming higher after strong Tour performance in 2016; Cookson ‘angered’ by draft report into British Cycling; Hosking extends with Alé Cipollini for 2018, will return full-time to Europe; Warbasse writes about long journey to first professional win; Orica-Scott chef subject of Amazon Tour de France documentary; Canyon receives Red Dot Design Team of the Year award; Video: Movistar reveals its Tour de France nine; Video: McLaughlin wins Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race
Heading into the race he took a top ten overall in in 2016, Louis Meintjes has said that he is encouraged after his eighth place in the recent Critérium du Dauphiné.
“Last year I was eighth in the Tour de France. This result motivates me to try and go for some more in the GC. I hope that there will be no problems in the first week, then it will be great to have on the mountains the same feelings I had in the Criterium du Dauphiné.”
His UAE Team Emirates squad announced its lineup on Monday, confirming that Meintjes would target the GC and that Diego Ulissi plus Ben Swift will chase stage wins. “I will debut in the Tour,” said Ulissi, a six-time Giro d’Italia stage winner. “I strongly wanted to face this new challenge, in search of new motivations and in order to perceive directly how great is the Tour de France.
“I’ll be in France with the goal of trying to fight for a stage victory. However I’m aware that this is one of the most difficult tasks because everybody will go for this target.” Swift is also chasing the same goal. “This year at the Tour de Franc will live a new experience, because I’ll have the freedom of taking my opportunities. In the past, I worked for the team [Team Sky]. Now I’m happy that the team entrusted me to try to be as competitive as possible in the stages that suit me most.”
The lineup will be completed by Darwin Atapuma, Matteo Bono, Kristijan Durasek, Vegard Stake Laengen, Marco Marcato and Manuele Mori.