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by Shane Stokes
May 2, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins third Eschborn-Frankfurt; Alarcón takes double success in Vuelta Asturias; Williams, Ryan win Dana Point GP events in California; Bouhanni recovering from ‘big concussion’; Incredulity about new Giro d’Italia competition; Six-week suspension for Moscon over racist abuse; Quintana’s backup named for Giro d’Italia; Orica-Scott takes on ‘tricky mix’ with team goals for Giro d’Italia; Kruijswijk targeting podium or better Giro d’Italia; Geoghegan Hart pays tribute to former teammate Young; UCI suspends Continental Team Elkov-Author Cycling; Tracey Gaudry appointed CEO of the Hawthorn Football Club; Simon Jones speaks about new Cycling Australia role as High Performance Unit Director; Stars of the future?
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.
Australian squad Orica-Scott has outlined its own lineup plus its plans for the Giro d’Italia, saying that chasing success with two young riders is its main strategy for the race. The tactic will revolve around 24-year-old Adam Yates, fourth overall in last year’s Tour and winner of the best young rider award, and 22-year-old sprint specialist Caleb Ewan.
“We will mix our focus between Adam in the mountains and Caleb on the flat stages,” stated sport director Matt White on Monday. “It’s a tricky mix, but we aren’t the only people doing it. I am confident with the group we have we can chase both goals with success.”
White says that while a couple of big name riders have withdrawn from the overall Giro lineup, he considers the Giro field to be the strongest ever. Because of that he doesn’t want to put too much pressure on Yates. “We certainly don’t go in as the favourites for the general classification. It will be Adam’s first Giro d’Italia and it continues his learning process which means we can approach it in a different mindset. I think winning the white jersey and a top-10 finish are very achievable goals for him to have.”
As for Ewan, he identified Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors) as the main sprint rivals and said a stage win was the first target.
The duo will be joined by Alexander Edmondson, Michael Hepburn, Chris Juul-Jensen, Luka Mezgec, Ruben Plaza, Svein Tuft and Carlos Verona.