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by Matt de Neef
January 2, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Scandolara, Bibby win on stage 1 of the 2017 Bay Crits; Vos, Aerts victorious at GP Sven Nys; Kajsa Tylen sets women’s year record at more than 50,000km; The riders to watch in 2016 – how’d they get on?; Original 1974 Eddy Merckx Molteni on sale; Cycling Academy reveals 2017 kit; GCN’s 2016 bloopers.
Dutch team LottoNL-Jumb
LottoNL-Jumbo have confirmed Robert Gesink will leads its ambitions at next month’s Tour Down Under in Australia. The Dutchman has ridden the WorldTour race on just one previous occasion, finishing sixth overall, and will be aiming for another high result.
Tour Down Under: Baden Cooke’s stage-by-stage preview
LottoNL-Jumbo confirm 2017 roster with Kruijswijk, Groenewegen, Boom and Gesink
Q&A with Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur
2017 Tour Down Under start list
Giro d’Italia victory headlines LottoNL-Jumbo’s 2017 season objectives
The seven-man team for the Tour Down Under will also contest the newly elevated WorldTour one-day Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Geelong on January 29.
Gesink is building his season around Tour de France stage win success in July and will also look for success at the Tour of California, a race he won in 2012. Having crashed out of the Tour de Suisse with a head injury that saw him miss the Tour de France this season, Gesink bounced back with a stage win at the Vuelta a Espana and seventh at Il Lombardia.
The 30-year-old will be joined by fellow Vuelta stage winner Bert-Jan Lindeman for the January 17-22 race, which also features the January 15 People’s Choice Classic warm up criterium. American neo-pro Alexey Vermeulen will make his racing debut on Australian soil, as will 23-year-old Koen Bouwman.
Enrico Battaglin will return to the Tour Down Under having posted two top-ten results at the 2016 edition of the race, along with ninth at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. The 27-year-old Italian will lead the fast finishing options for the team which is finalised by German Robert Wagner and Dutchman Paul Martens.
People’s Choice Classic, two days before, on January 15. The Tour Down Under starts on January 17 in Unley and after six stages, the race ends in Adelaide. The same group will travel to Melbourne afterwards for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race on January 29.