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by Shane Stokes
June 28, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Contador domestique André Cardoso tests positive for EPO, kicked off Tour squad; Cardoso ‘devastated’ by test result, insists upon his innocence; Movistar coach says that Quintana is at his best level yet; Gilbert, Kittel and Martin give three-pronged approach to QuickStep Floors’ Tour de France team; Belgian media claims QuickStep team set to continue for four more years, Lefevere says deal not done; Moolman-Pasio leads Cervélo-Bigla lineup in Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile; Cromwell amongst ambitious Canyon/SRAM riders heading into Giro Rosa; Orica-Scott vying for overall victory in Giro Rosa; Talansky using brain stimulator to reach optimum Tour de France shape; American rider Casey Saunders dies in Tour of Kansas City crash; Mexican rider tests positive for EPO at Gran Fondo New York; Video: Cycling Motivation – “Euphoria”; Video: New Zealand’s U23 world MTB XC champion Sam Gaze; Video: Skoda Cycling – I Want to Ride My Bicycle
Orica-Scott will challenge for GC success at the Giro Rosa for the first time, with Dutch TT champion Annemiek van Vleuten spearheading the squad. She will be joined by Australian champion Katrin Garfoot plus the Santos Tour Down Under winner Amanda Spratt.
“The women’s Giro is undoubtedly the most prestigious tour on the WorldTour calendar,” sport director Gene Bates said. “This year we have tried putting together the best team possible to target the overall classification and see how we go in that area.”
The squad is completed by OVO Women’s Tour stage winner Sarah Roy, who will be the designated sprinter, plus young riders Jenelle Crooks, Alex Manly and the Kiwi Georgia Williams.
“It is new territory for some of our riders as it is not something we have targeted before,” said Bates. “It’s exciting as it will be a new challenge. We have identified the critical stages, so the riders know the course and we will go in with as much information as possible.
“I think we have a really great team and the riders are all in good condition. It’s exciting heading to the race because it’s been a target in our minds all year.”
Click through to read more at the Orica-Scott website.