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by Shane Stokes
August 9, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Küng wins stage two time trial at the BinckBank Tour; Report: top squads look set to miss world team time trial championships; Kwiatkowski signs on for three more years with Team Sky; Under pressure from USADA, Colorado Classic abandons partnership with Armstrong; Vuelta pays tribute to career of Contador; Report: Trek-Segafredo aiming to replace Contador with Aru; UAE Team Emirates extends with Marcato, Conti and five others; Lingering effects of concussion force Dunbar to end season early; OVO Energy Tour of Britain confirms teams for 2017 edition; CAS confirms UCI’s four year suspension of Oyarzun; Research shows huge health benefits of commuting by bike; Eskapee’s rules for mountain bike riding; Video: Tony Martin falls during BinckBank Tour TT; Video: Tony Martin speaks after his crash; Video: Viviani skilfully avoids time trial fall in BinckBank Tour; Video: Peter Sagan celebrates Monday’s sprint win
Ten WorldTour teams are amongst the 20 teams that have been unveiled for this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain, with some of the sport’s biggest names also set to take part.
The top five teams in the current world rankings will travel to the race, namely Quick-Step Floors, Team Sky, BMC Racing, Movistar Team and Orica-Scott, while Katusha has also confirmed and will feature top sprinter Alexander Kristoff plus world time trial champion Tony Martin.
“The Tour of Britain is not only a perfect race in my build-up to the World Championships, I will also try to win some stages,” said Kristoff. “For me it is a return to this race after eight-years. I still have good memories of my participation in 2009. Moreover, I always perform well on British soil. I took my Olympic medal in London as well as the victory in last week’s RideLondon-Surrey Classic WorldTour race. I really look forward participating in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.”
Also set to line out is the fastest sprinter in recent years, Mark Cavendish, who will be part of the Team Dimension Data squad. He will be up against riders such as Kristoff and Elia Viviani (Team Sky), while the latter’s teammate Geraint Thomas is a potential race winner. He is a strong all rounder and also motivated by the race’s final stage finishing in his home city of Cardiff.
Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling, Lotto-Soudal and LottoNL-Jumbo complete the WorldTour lineup. Other teams set to take part are the Pro Continental squads Bardiani CSF, Wanty Groupe Gobert and CCC Sprandi Polkowice, the Continental-ranked An Post Chain Reaction, BIKE Channel Canyon, Cylance Pro Cycling, JLT Condor, Madison Genesis and ONE Pro Cycling plus the Great Britain national team.