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by Matt de Neef
October 2, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Dan McLay wins the Tour de l’Eurometropole; Luis Leon Sanchez solos to victory at the GP Bruno Beghelli; Giovanni Visconti takes solo win at the Giro dell’Emilia; Davide Rebellin wins the Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen … at 46; French amateur caught using a motor in Cat 3 race; Esteban Chaves to miss Lombardia defence after breaking shoulderblade; Simon Clarke re-signs with Slipstream Sports through 2020; Teams announced for Tour of Turkey, WorldTour status likely in jeopardy; Team Sky reveals 2016 budget of £31 million.
Cannondale-Drapac road captain Simon Clarke has extended his contract with the team, signing with the Slipstream setup for another three seasons, until the end of 2020.
“I re-signed with this team because I’ve really found my niche here in Slipstream,” said Clarke. “I think it’s really important to find your spot in a WorldTour team, and knowing that I’ve carved out a place for myself here, there was always motivation to stay.
“With a great new sponsor in EF Education First coming in and offering a long-term commitment to Slipstream, I really wanted to lock-in a longer contract that showed my dedication to the team and its vision for the future alongside my own. A longer-term agreement allows me to put a real effort into helping the younger guys that are coming into this team next year.”
In announcing the signing, Slipstream CEO Jonathan Vaughters described Clarke as “tactically astute”.
“This makes him a very valuable member of this team,” Vaughters said. “I’m happy we could secure his services for another three years, and I expect Simon to continue to play a part in our most important results.”