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by Shane Stokes
June 14, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Warbasse takes his and Aqua Blue Sport’s first pro win on stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse; Hamilton and Areruva win stages on day five of Under 23 Giro d’Italia; UCI suspends Bardiani-CSF team over double positives; Bardiani-CSF unhappy with sanction but says it won’t appeal; Movistar Team announces Tour de France shortlist; French anti-doping officials suggest cycling is moving in the right direction; Kittel to discuss contract with QuickStep Floors boss Lefevere; Taylor Phinney on how meditation has changed him; Selections announced for 2017 MontanaCrossCamp, including first women’s camp; Stan’s NoTubes announces Avion R Pro rim-brake carbon road wheelsets; Video: Top 10 WTF moments in cycling
Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde will head towards the Tour de France intent on taking glory, and will be backed by seven others from the Movistar team in the race. A shortlist of the riders in the running for those places was released on Tuesday by the Spanish squad, with a total of 12 teammates named.
Those are Andrey Amador, Daniele Bennati, Carlos Betancur, Jonathan Castroviejo, Alex Dowsett, Imanol Erviti, Rubén Fernández, Jesús Herrada, Dani Moreno, Nelson Oliveira, José Joaquín Rojas and Jasha Sütterlin.
The final decision will be made after the national road race and time trial championships next week.
Quintana rode the Giro d’Italia, finishing second behind Tom Dumoulin. Despite many other riders struggling to mount a strong GC challenge after riding the Giro beforehand, the Colombia believes this will be possible.
Valverde has been in strong form this year, winning the Vuelta a Murcia, the Vuelta Andalucia, the Volta a Catalunya, the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.