Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 13, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Ewan wins stage 7 of Giro d’Italia; Chavanel takes stage 4 of the Four Days of Dunkirk; Gaviria builds advantage in Giro’s points classification; Bennett goes close again; Dumoulin believes Ag2r La Mondiale can take final overall victory in Dunkirk; BMC Racing Team lays out ambitions for Amgen Tour of California; Kittel to lead QuickStep Floors squad in Amgen Tour of California; Lance Armstrong makes light of fake death reports; Actor Patrick Dempsey joins riders for start of Giro d’Italia stage; Publication of Lizzie Deignan’s UK Anti-Doping ruling blocked; Cannondale-Drapac Chases More Green; Video: Caleb Ewan – post-race interview – Stage 7  Giro d’Italia 2017; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 7 Post Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 6 Post Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 7 Pre race; Video: Keagan Girdlestone’s Tour De Comeback Documentary; Video: Signal; Video: Race Reporter Ruby with Peter Sagan; Audio: Quintana the funnyman?

Cannondale-Drapac Chases More Green

by VeloClub

It’s over two years since the Cannondale-Drapac team has clocked up a win at WorldTour level. The Wall Street Journal has taken a look at the American squad, noting that it is operating at a financial disadvantage to many teams and is making a big push to attract extra sponsorship.

Here’s an extract:

Cycling’s Tour of California begins Sunday, May 14, the 12th edition of the United States’s biggest professional bike race, now blossomed into a global event featuring many of the world’s greatest teams and riders. As always, a team to watch is Cannondale-Drapac, an American squad known for its U.S.-born talent, eccentric attitude, and its bright, lizard-green outfits, detailed with preppy hints of argyle.

Cannondale-Drapac figures to be highly competitive in the weeklong U.S. stage race. But this isn’t the case at every start. Now in its second decade, the American outfit finds itself falling behind in the widening divide between cycling’s haves and have-nots. Cannondale-Drapac’s annual budget of $15 million is barely a third of the sport’s richest teams, and though it has managed solid results like a third place at this year’s Paris-Roubaix, it has not won a stage at the Tour de France since 2014.

Instead of complaining, Cannondale-Drapac is attempting to double down. As the 2017 Tour de France looms, the team’s leadership is making an unusually public appeal for additional sponsorship dollars to reinvigorate a team that thinks it can do much more. Simply put: Cannondale wants more green to win—and win now.

Click through to read more at the Wall Street Journal.

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