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by Neal Rogers
July 26, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Guardian column: ‘Why I don’t think Froome will win a fifth Tour de France’; Landa: ‘I sacrificed myself without any benefit to the team’ on Izoard stage; BMC Racing announces contract extensions for Bookwalter, De Marchi, Schar, Wyss; Business Insider: Brailsford explains why Froome is so good at winning Tour de France; Nibali set to return to racing at Tour de Pologne in preparation for Vuelta a España; Cycling Australia to allow disc brakes in road racing effective immediately, with exceptions; Quarq launches two new DZero-based power meters; Abbey Bike Tools releases precision Saddle Fit Kit System.
Returning to competition for the first time since the June 25 Italian national championship — and his first stage race since finishing third at the Giro d’Italia in May — Vincenzo Nibali will race the July 29-August 4 Tour de Pologne as preparation for the Vuelta a España, a race he won in 2010.
“I return to racing after high-altitude training at Passo San Pellegrino,” Nibali said. “We have worked well and I’m going to Poland with a growing condition and then with the opportunity to get a good result in GC. This race will be my last test before the start of Vuelta in España.”
Starting in Krakow, the route of the Tour de Pologne will wind up completely in the southern parts of Poland and is designed to give opportunities to both sprinters and puncheurs; three of seven stages feature uphill finishes. Also noteworthy at this year’s race are teams of seven riders, rather than eight, in line with UCI rules for the 2018 season, in an effort to improve rider safety and make the race less controllable.
Bahrain Merida’s lineup for the Tour de Pologne includes Nibali and his brother Antonio as well as Manuele Boaro, Nicolò Bonifazio, Domen Novak, Franco Pellizotti, and Giovanni Visconti
“There are no long climbs,” said Bahrain-Merida says sports director Paolo Slongo, “but it’s an interesting route where we can do well with Vincenzo Nibali and Giovanni Visconti, but also in the sprint with Nicolò Bonifazio. The race will also be a valuable experience for the two young riders of the team, Antonio Nibali and Domen Novak.”