Van der Poel and PFP star in Belgium; Kittel’s Katusha kit: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

December 11, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van der Poel and Cant win in Essen; Van der Poel and Ferrand-Prevot win at Druivencross; Rafal Majka aiming for Tour de France top-five in 2018; Ilnur Zakarin eyeing off Tour podium; Geraint Thomas to consider other offers after 2018; Davide Rebellin to be racing at 50? “Why not? It’s possible”; Albert Timmer retires from pro cycling; Marcel Kittel allowed to wear Katusha kit for team presentation; Updated kit for Canyon-SRAM in 2018; Wiggins 21st in indoor rowing debut; Peter Sagan’s message to the people of California.

Rafal Majka aiming for Tour de France top-five in 2018

by CyclingTips

Polish climber Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) has nominated an ambitious target for 2018 — to finish in the top five at the Tour de France.

“The team informed me that I will be a leader in Tour. I would like to avoid bad luck,” Majka said in an interview with Polish website “If everything goes well, I am not worried about my form, because I know that I can prepare well. I hope that if the previous season was unlucky, the next one will be much better.

“This year I was well prepared for [the] Tour – I’m not saying that I could fight for the win, but for the top-five for sure.”

Majka has finished the Tour de France on three occasions, his best finish being 27th. He was sitting in 10th overall at this year’s  Tour before a crash on stage 9 brought an end to his race. The Pole also has a third place finish at the Vuelta a Espana and three top-10 placings at the Giro d’Italia to his name. He believes that a tricky opening week in the 2018 Tour could make things difficult for him, particularly the cobbled stage.

“For sure it is more difficult than it was this year,” Majka said. “For sure there will also be a selection on the stage with paved sections. However, we have a strong team, so it should be good. I plan to make a reconnaissance of the route of all paved sections after Tirreno-Adriatico. We will train there with the whole team. We were promised this because Peter [Sagan] will want to win the stage there and I will have to be in front.”

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