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by Shane Stokes
August 4, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Haig wins stage six of the Tour of Poland, Sagan loses race lead; Landa grabs second stage win in Vuelta a Burgos, extends race lead; Campenaerts takes Elite men’s European time trial championship; Van Dijk powers to a dominant win and prolongs European time trial title; Bardet confirms Vuelta participation: ‘An important step’; Nieve to move from Team Sky to Orica-Scott; Bettiol inks contract with BMC Racing Team; Two year deals for Fraile at Astana and Rosón at Movistar; Taiwan KOM Challenge announces equal prize money for men and women; WM3 reacts to Niewiadoma’s transfer; Women’s Cycling Transfer Shorts; Hip surgery for Roelandts, Frison and Hansen recovering from other health issues; Interbike and Cross Vegas are leaving Las Vegas; Video: Pony infiltrates peloton in Poland
Having helped Chris Froome to victory in the 2016 and 2017 Tours de France, Mikel Nieve has inked a contract to move to the Orica-Scott team on a two year deal. The Spanish climber will back the trio of Esteban Chaves plus Adam and Simon Yates, who will be the designated GC leaders.
“I especially know Esteban and the Yates brothers,” the 33-year-old said. “Despite being very young, they have a great talent and have achieved important things. I would like to help the team to get more important victories and be part of it. I would like to be in the big races, I would like to be important on mountain stages and being close to those three guys to give them a hand. From the outside I’ve always liked how Orica-Scott work and the atmosphere that is seen between them. I think they have a nice way to live cycling, and I want to be part of it.”
His signing follows that of Roman Kreuziger, who previously backed riders such as Alberto Contador in the top races. Orica-Scott directeur sportif Matt White sees the latest signing as continuing to help the team strengthen. “Signing Nieve is bolstering the armada we are building in backing up our young general classification riders,” he stated. “Last year we could add Roman Kreuziger and now Mikel comes with the same level of experience.
“They have both been part of teams that have won the biggest races in the world and he is certainly going to be of great value to our general classification trio.”
In addition to helping Froome and others win major races, Nieve has also been successful in his own right. He won stages in the 2011 and 2016 Giro d’Italia, as well as one in the 2010 Vuelta a España. He was also the mountains classification winner in last year’s Giro.