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by Shane Stokes
June 8, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Porte time trials to victory on stage 4 of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Niewiadoma takes impressive solo stage win on day one of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Froome disappointed with time trial performance; Contador: ‘The most important thing is that I felt good’; British Cycling asks Team Sky to quit Manchester velodrome, will overhaul medical services; Mitchelton-Scott makes European debut with Baby Giro participation; Battle raging in Trans Am 2017; Video: Richie Porte post-race interview – stage four, Critérium du Dauphiné; Video: Team WNT riders on the OVO Energy Women’s Tour
Six Australian riders will take on some of the world’s best young competitors as part of the Mitchelton-Scott squad in the under 23 Giro, the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia, which begins on Friday. The team is Orica-Scott’s Chinese-registered UCI continental team, and acts as a feeder for the WorldTour squad.
Oceania champion Lucas Hamilton, Jayco Herald Sun Tour best young rider Jai Hindley and Australian under-23 champion Sam Jenner will head to the race following a period competing in events with the national under 23 team. They will join up with Harry Sweeny, Michael Storer and Robert Stannard for the so-called Baby Giro, which begins with a 131.7 kilometre stage based around Imola.
“It’s perfect timing to start our journey as Mitchelton-Scott so we can tackle one of our biggest goals of the season with the team focused and collectively targeting some solid results,” said directeur sportif James Victor.
Lucas Hamilton is feeling upbeat after success for the riders. “It has been a really good start to the year for the team, with everyone showing signs of strong form,” said Hamilton. “We now start racing for Mitchelton-Scott and the first race is the Baby Giro. This will be one of our biggest races of the year.”
“We are all looking forward to the race and I think we can go there with high ambitions. The Giro has a really decisive last day with a long climb so that will be important for the GC, but the other stages also really suit our characteristics so we are eager to rip into it.”
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