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by Shane Stokes
June 22, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Démare sprints to victory in Halle Ingooigem; Dumoulin wins third Dutch national TT title; Skujins returns from California injury with second in Latvian time trial championship; Martin and Kristoff head Katusha-Alpecin Tour de France lineup; Sagan and Majka’s Bora-hansgrohe teammates confirmed for Tour de France; Team Sunweb confirms riders to compete in Tour de France alongside Michael Matthews; Pro panel suggesting course changes for 2018 Australian national road championships; Tour de Pologne reduces team sizes; Cyrus Monk earns Cannondale-Drapac stagiaire position; Dyball secures stagiaire slot with French pro team; Video: A message from David Lappartient, UCI Presidential candidate
World champion Peter Sagan and triple King of the Mountains winner Rafal Majka have had confirmation of the riders who will back them in the upcoming Tour de France. Both Sagan and Majka will be chasing stage wins in the event, with the latter also a possibility for a strong general classification position.
They will be aided by the Australian Jay McCarthy, who is making his Tour debut, as well as German trio Emanuel Buchmann, Marcus Burghardt and Rüdiger Selig, Sagan’s brother Juraj, plus the Polish duo Maciej Bodnar and Pawel Poljanski.
“We have a strong team going into this year’s Tour de France,” said director sportif Enrico Poitschke. “The last weeks and strong results gave us confidence, and we are eager to also fulfil our goals at the Tour. To fulfil our goals was also the main aspect in selecting the riders.
“We have to support two leaders and need a balance between guys for the flat, sprints, and climbers. I am confident we found that mix, and now we are ready and looking forward to the Grand Départ in Düsseldorf.”
Both Sagan and Majka have shown strong pre-Tour form. The world champion won two stages and the points classification in the Tour de Suisse, while Majka won a stage and the overall in the Tour of Slovenia.