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by Mark Zalewski
November 17, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Resurrection man: Keagan Girdlestone’s remarkable recovery from a near-fatal crash; Norwegian federation alleges junior rider intentionally struck by police vehicle in Qatar; Thomas Dekker confirms ‘Luigi’ as his Puerto code name; Wiggins breaks media silence at Ghent Six Day; Allan Peiper believes Richie Porte can with the 2017 Tour; Dutch Giro start organisers report loss of 400,000 Euros; Segafredo extends sponsorship for two years; Norma Gimondi running for head of Italian Cycling Federation; ORICA-BikeExchange finalises roster; Mike Creed talks about plans for new team; 100th anniversary of record-breaking ride from Adelaide to Darwin celebrated; 1992 AIS road team documentary.
ORICA-BikeExchange has confirmed that the 26 riders already named will be their final roster for 2017. The squad features two changes, adding experienced climber Roman Kreuziger to support the team’s young general classification leaders and Roger Kluge to strengthen the lead out train for sprinter Caleb Ewan.
A very happy Team Orica-BikeExchange after finishing a very successful Tour with one stage win by Michael ‘Bling’ Matthews and a fourth place overall and white jersey for Adam Yates.
“With only two-and-a-half changes [Carlos Verona joined mid-2016] to our roster next year the DNA and group is very similar to the roster that achieved so much in 2016,” said sport director Matt White. “This is an exciting prospect but something we need to approach with caution to ensure that we don’t let any complacency slip into our processes.”
White said that 2017 will be different for the team in terms of goals, which will affect the approach to the season, beginning with the two new riders.
“We will approach all three Grand Tours with general classification ambitions which is a first for the organisation.
“Our additions each possess specialties in certain areas that we need to bolster our existing team, enabling us to immediately improve our performance and growing ambitions.”