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by Matt de Neef
November 20, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Van der Poel and Cant victorious in round 4 of the CX World Cup; Getting TUEs was a legitimate competitive tactic – Shane Sutton; Nibali and Gaviria expected to headline 2018 Tour of San Juan; Jakob Fuglsang to target the Tour in 2018; Louis Meintjes to switch focus to the Giro d’Italia in 2018; French Army team to fold; 1000 bikes discovered in California bunker; Brawl erupts on Melbourne train over bikes.
Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors) are expected to headline the 2018 Vuelta a San Juan after race organisers revealed the teams and stages for next year’s race.
Fernando Gaviria won two stages at the 2017 Vuelta a San Juan.
Due to be raced from January 21 to 28, the Vuelta a San Juan will feature seven WorldTour teams: Bora-Hansgrohe, Lotto Soudal, Movistar, QuickStep Floors, Trek-Segafredo, UAE Team Emirates and Bahrain-Merida. Five Pro Continental teams, seven Continental teams and seven national teams will complete the roster. Race organisers have announced that Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo), Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates) and Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) will lead their respective teams at the Argentinian stage race.
The 2018 edition of the race will feature seven stages including several days for the sprinters, a 15km ITT on stage 3, and a big uphill finish to Alto Colorado on stage 5. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) won on the same finish in this year’s race while Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) went on to win the race overall.