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by Matt de Neef
January 8, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Alex Edmondson dashes to Australian road race title; Shannon Malseed sneaks past the favourites to become Australian champion; Cyrus Monk solos to Australian U23 road title; Georgia Williams claims New Zealand nationals double; Jason Christie, Hamish Bond claim New Zealand national titles; Durbridge suffers concussion and broken collarbone in Road Nats crash; Michael Matthews to target Spring Classics and Tour de France sprints in 2018; Greg LeMond critical of Chris Froome’s salbutamol excuse; Pierre Rolland to tackle the Tour de France and Vuelta a España in 2018; American Classic shuts up shop; Meet Shannon Malseed, 2018 Australian road race champion.
Pierre Rolland (EF Education First-Drapac) has taken to his Facebook page to reveal his race calendar for the 2018 season, saying he’ll tackle the Tour de France and possibly the Vuelta a España.
Rolland will begin his season at the Abu Dhabi Tour in February before racing Paris-Nice, the Volta a Catalunya, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Tour de Romandie, Criterium du Dauphine, the French national championships and then the Tour de France.
“The goal of this program with a lagged start is to keep a maximum freshness for the 2nd part of season that fits me better,” Rolland wrote. “I also hope to participate in the Vuelta but it is still very far away.”
Rolland had something of a resurgence in 2017, winning a stage of the Route du Sud and the Giro d’Italia, the latter being his team’s first Grand Tour win in more than two years.
Follow the link to read more at Rolland’s Facebook page.