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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
Cannondale-Drapac rider Toms Skujins returned to racing Wednesday, five weeks after a devastating crash at the Amgen Tour of California left him with a concussion and broken collarbone. The Latvian rider finished second in his national time trial championship, 30 seconds behind Aleksejs Saramotins of BORA – hansgrohe, and will ride in the national road race this weekend.
Skujins said that he isn’t as prepared or as focused on nationals as he has been in the past. He has eyes on a steady string of results at Tour of Poland, a month out yet, so he’s building through nationals, progressing towards a target that offers WorldTour points and WorldTour glory.
“I’ve been riding some longer, steadier rides,” Skujins said. “I was at altitude in Boulder, and my big focus is Tour of Poland more than Nationals. I want to be ready for that, for the second phase of the year. Knowing that, I didn’t do a lot of intensity. The body feels good, and it’s race ready but it’s not race ready.
“Nationals are always tricky. It’s not an ordinary race, especially in a small field like we usually have. That means it’s not always about the legs. I’m going to try to work more on mental and tactical skills and see where that takes me. It definitely won’t be easy. After Nationals, I go back to altitude so I can train hard again and get ready for Poland. Poland is the next big one with the team. I’m excited about it, but I’m trying not to get over-excited because it’s still a month away.”