Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 2, 2016

In Tuesday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mateos wins in Portugal, Vinhas retains lead; Sagan and Specialized ink three year deal with Bora-hansgrohe; Nicolas Roche confirms move to BMC Racing Team in 2017; Kreuziger joins Orica-BikeExchange, aims to help team’s young riders in Grand Tours; RideLondon sportive rider dies of cardiac arrest; Rio velodrome given Aussie stamp of approval; Hesjedal to retire at end of season; Lobato signs with LottoNL-Jumbo; Merida to sponsor Bahrain Cycling Team; Tinkov blasts UCI decision to ban Russian cyclists from Olympics; Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic: On-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass: Classica San Sebastian; How many bikes do you own?

Nicolas Roche confirms move to BMC Racing Team in 2017

by VeloClub

Referencing the team’s aggressive approach as a factor in his decision, Nicolas Roche has confirmed that he will move from Team Sky to the BMC Racing Team in 2017.

The announcement is the latest to be made on August 1, the first day when contract changes can be communicated under UCI rules. The Roche news follows earlier announcements about Peter Sagan’s upcoming transfer to Bora-hansgrohe and Roman Kreuziger’s move to Orica-BikeExchange.

Roche is the Irish time trial and road race champion and recently turned 32 years of age. He is opting for a new squad after two years with Team Sky, and said he is looking forward to the move.

“I’m super excited because BMC Racing Team is a team that rides with a lot of the characteristics that I like,” he said. “They’re always up the front, riding with aggression and trying to make an exciting race. I think I’ll enjoy the aggressive style of racing. Looking ahead to the 2017 season, my main role will be to really support Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen in their general classification ambitions, and hopefully I’ll have a good go at the Vuelta a Espãna.”

The latter has long been a favourite of his. He won stages in 2013 and 2015 and has finished fifth and sixth overall in the past.

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