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by Mark Zalewski
February 1, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel takes Dubai Tour opener; Route announcement: Mt. Baldy summit, Big Bear TT to be decisive stages for 2017 Amgen Tour of California; Route details announced for 2017 Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race; No longer backing Contador, Majka stepping up a level in Grand Tours; CyclingTips podcast, Episode 24: Genevieve Jeanson on making peace with a tainted past; Back from the brink: The merger that saved IsoWhey-SwissWellness and the year ahead; Froome ready for Jayco Herald Sun Tour; Twenty teams to race 22nd Tour de Langkawi; Ciolek and Gerdemann retire; Simon Cope vows to clear his name; British Parliamentary group to investigate legal bias against cyclists; Video: Heroics in Bieles; Video: Interview with Christine Majerus; Video: Equipment for cyclocross.
He’s been a rider who has had to play second fiddle to previous team leader Alberto Contador but, following a move away from the Tinkoff team, Rafal Majka now has the opportunity and the ambition of team leadership in Grand Tours.
The 27 year old Polish rider moved to the Bora-hansgrohe team over the winter and will share top billing as a GC rider to new teammate Leopold König. The latter has already said that he will target the Giro d’Italia in 2017 and is unlikely to ride the Tour de France.
This clears the way for Majka to put everything into a big ride there.
“I have finished the Giro in the top five, the Vuelta in the top three,” Majka told CyclingTips at the team training camp in Valencia, Spain. “I want to finish also in the top five in the Tour de France because if you never try, you never know.
“I always went to the Tour de France to help the big riders like Alberto. I also took the polka-dot jersey two times and I was happy, and have also won some stages. But now there is another goal. I need to try to be up there with the best guys.”
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