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by Mark Zalewski
November 2, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Verschueren defend in Koppenbergcross; Team Novo Nordisk CEO Southerland calls for more nuanced debate on TUEs; Vaughters on WorldTour: A race to the bottom; Shane Sutton responds to findings of internal investigation; Van der Haar returns to podium; Nicholas Roche talks about move from Sky to BMC; RideLondon-Surrey Classic and Velon sign three-year partnership; Phil Gaimon announces retirement; Bahrain-Merida filling out roster, has first training camp; Colin Joyce joins Rally Cycling; Jelly Belly trading gaining European experience with return of Tvetcov; Give your bicycle a ‘boost’; Ride a bike on your stomach.
After riding in support of Chris Froome at Team Sky for two years, Irishman Nicholas Roche says he will be able to finally express himself with his move to BMC.
“I was in the hunt for a new adventure,” he said. “Now with BMC, I should be happy there. It suits me. I’ll be able to express myself again as an individual and also to help Richie Porte.”
Roche has no ill feelings towards Sky, saying that it was an important step in his development as a rider, especially following his time with Tinkoff-Saxo.
“I always wanted to go to Sky, since the team’s debut. I’m an anglophone rider and I needed to ride with Sky. It was a tick in the box and I enjoyed my two years, and now it’s time for a new challenge.”
“Sky was more about, ‘Let’s make the race the way we want the race to happen. If it works, fine, but at least you try to control the race.’ It’s a different approach. With Tinkoff, it was, ‘Where are the weakness and where are we going to attack?’ In Sky, ‘Where are we not going to get attacked and how are we not going to fail?’
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