VeloClub is CyclingTips’ membership program which brings us closer to our members, and connects likeminded cycling enthusiasts.
by Mark Zalewski
February 23, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Sunderland wins Tour de Langkawi opener; Geniez wins second stage at Tour de la Provence, Dennis in lead; Nocentini wins Volta ao Alentejo, stage 1; UK Sport accuses British Cycling of lack of transparency; Armstrong responds to lawsuit setback; ORICA-Scott reveal Grand Tour strategy; Nationale Sluitingsprijs race gets new life; CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 27: What lurks beneath carbon fiber’s mysterious surface?; Look recalls some Aerostem clamps; Witnesses allege drunk driver who killed cyclist lied to get lighter sentence; Female cyclist gets revenge on harassing driver; Highlights from Cali Track World Cup; Video: Lotto-Soudal pit stop; Video: Dog vs. peloton; Yowamushi Pedals movie.
ORICA-Scott confirmed its Grand Tour plans for 2017, following the team’s stated goal of transitioning to a GC-focused programme. Brothers Adam and Simon Yates will be dual leaders at the Giro d’Italia, Colombian Esteban Chaves will be the leader in his debut at the Tour de France and all three will race together at the Vuelta a España.
Esteban Chaves’ smile is infectious.
“Despite having three quality young riders to develop programmes for, we have come up with a plan that the boys, and the team, we are very excited about,” director sportif Matt White said. “They have each pleasantly surprised us with their results over the last year, but we have a long term plan and we are not getting ahead of ourselves. Our priority is still to continue their development at a speed that suits them individually. People on the outside might think it’s a bit strange that we are not sending a lad that finished fourth last year back to the Tour de France. But it’s simple, we want to give the guys a bigger foundation for the future because that’s where their biggest potential lies.”
“I think we chose the Tour de France because the time trials aren’t really long,” said Chaves. “It’s true, there’s not a lot of big mountain days but there are enough. The final climbs are hard and steep like the Vuelta a España so if I can find the performance from that race, it’s not bad for me.”
“Two Grand Tours is something I have never done and it’s a new challenge,” said Adam Yates. “I have ridden the Tour now for the past couple of years and even my first year as a professional, I rode the Tour program without doing the Tour, so I think a change is good and a new challenge is good.”
“The team really understand us as riders. They understand that we are young, that it takes time to develop into GC riders and build up that endurance to last for three-weeks,” said Simon Yates. “Because of that, the results have been good, but there’s still not a lot of pressure to get results. They understand that we are young and that we want to do well. We don’t need motivation to go for big results and that goes a long way to preparing us as riders.”