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by Neal Rogers
May 23, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Dumoulin confident in maglia rosa as Giro d’Italia heads into high mountains; Quintana meets the press on Giro d’Italia rest day: ‘We hope to see Dumoulin fade in the third week’; Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden dies following cycling cycling accident in Italy; Sagan, Kittel head to Utah, Colorado for pre-Tour altitude training; Five WorldTour teams announced for Ster ZLM Tour; Video: Tom Dumoulin’s Giro d’Italia Stage 14 victory, through the eyes of the Sunweb support staff; Video: Rupert Guinness chats with Adam Hansen about racing with suspected bone fracture at Giro d’Italia; Video: Kitten can’t stop licking cyclist who saved his life.
As he did last year, world champion Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) is staying in the U.S. following the Amgen Tour of California for Tour de France preparation at altitude. Sagan came to the U.S. ahead of the California race, spending time riding in Lake Tahoe with his brother Juraj, and Michael Kolar. He is now heading to Utah following the race.
“Peter has done more altitude training in the past in the United States, always with good results afterwards,” press officer Gabriele Uboldi told Het Laatste Niuews. “Peter will train for twelve days, also accompanied by his wife so he can prepare in peace for the second part of the season.”
Likewise, Marcel Kittel and a few of his Quick-Step Floors teammates are also staying in the U.S., heading to Colorado for the same reason. Belga reports that teammates Fabio Sabatini, Zdenek Stybar, and Jack Bauer are joining Kittel in Colorado for their pre-Tour preparation.
Along with those riders, Het Nieuwsblad reports that Philippe Gilbert, Daniel Martin, Petr Vakov, Matteo Trentin, Julien Vermote, and Yves Lampaert are all on Quick-Step’s Tour pre-selection list.