Bennett wins stage 1 of Tour of Turkey, Sagan for TDU: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 11, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bennett wins stage 1 of the Presidential Tour of Turkey; Sagan confirms Santos Tour Down Under appearance; Reichenbach diagnosed with additional fracture, will be out of action for three months; Roglic targets Grand Tour success, but bides time for podium finish; Cookson on bid for re-election: ‘We got the politics disastrously wrong’; German time trial talent Teutenberg signs on for two years with Team WNT; Hansen stays with Team Virtu for another year; Driver rugby-tackles female cyclist and causes spinal fracture; Video: The Ultimate Cycling Motivation 2017; Video: taking yellow on a spectator’s bike.

Sagan confirms Santos Tour Down Under appearance

by VeloClub

Peter Sagan at the 2017 Tour Down Under.

Triple world champion Peter Sagan has committed to a second consecutive appearance in the Santos Tour Down Under, revealing that he will get his 2018 season underway in the 20th edition of the race. “I’m excited to be starting the 2018 season with the rainbow stripes across my back again in Australia at the Santos Tour Down Under,” he said, according to The Advertiser.

“It is the perfect start to the UCI World Tour season each year, it has it all — a challenging and tough course, warm weather and the passionate fans that cheer for us day in day out, no matter what. It is important to get the season off to a good start with BORA-hansgrohe, and there is no better place to do this than South Australia at the TDU.”

Sagan made history last month when he became the first male rider in history to take three consecutive world road race championships. He is a huge draw in the sport, and South Australian Sports Minister Leon Bignell described his participation as a ‘massive’ vote of confidence in the event.

“He is such an entertainer as well being one of the best cyclists of all time,” he stated. “I know the fans will be thrilled to cheer Peter on in Adelaide.”

The Advertiser also stated that the BMC Racing Team will include former winners Richie Porte and Simon Gerrans, as well as Rohan Dennis and Miles Scotson. Porte won the 2017 edition of the event, while Sagan was second on three stages.

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