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by Shane Stokes
June 17, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Spilak grabs stage 7 and yellow jersey at the Tour de Suisse, Groenewegen quickest again on stage 3 of the Ster ZLM Toer, Mezgec takes stage 2 of the Tour of Slovenia, Vivani wins stage 2 of the Route du Sud, Sunderland wins stage 3 of the Tour of Korea, Caruso handed two-year ban after positive test for EPO, British Cycling rejects MP’s criticism of federation and Cookson, Varnish’s lawyers suggest British Cycling report was deliberately toned down, Mitchelton-Scott director hails strong Under 23 Giro d’Italia ride, WTB releases Resolute 42 “all-weather” gravel tires, Video: Joe Dombrowski post-race interview from stage 7, Tour de Suisse, Video: Tour de Beauce stage 2, Video: Believe in Yourself – Cycling Motivation 2017, Video: Peter Sagan meets Tacx Magnum Smart, Video: 13-year-old cycling across the US for clean water
Speaking after Jai Hindley and Lucas Hamilton took first and second on the final stage of the Under 23 Giro d’Italia/Baby Giro, as well as second (Hamilton) and third (Hindley) overall, Mitchelton-Scott director James Victor has commended his riders’ performance.
“This was our big mid-season target and also our first European race as Mitchelton-Scott,” Victor said. “We have come away with two stage wins, second and third overall and the best team award. Full credit to the guys for how strong and disciplined they have been all week. We had some misfortune at times, but we bounced back and stayed focused on our goal.”
Victor extended the congratulations to the rider who finished ahead of them in the overall standings. “Credit also to BMC and Sivakov. They were committed and defended the leader’s jersey doggedly, and obviously have some talented riders whom Jai and Lucas will go up against in the near future.
“We can take a lot of confidence from this race and also use it as a learning curve. We dealt very well with the pressure and expectation and we can definitely be satisfied.”
He is hoping that the momentum will carry on into the next events. “It is really pleasing to see how the team acquitted themselves here and we will certainly be in contention for our next big races on the calendar. It is important that we continue with our preparation and development and channel our energies into our next objective, which will be the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta in July.”