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by Mark Zalewski
July 27, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Teuns wins Tour de Wallonie as BMC takes third stage win; Q&A with Jonathan Vaughters: Cannondale-Drapac ‘pulled off something incredible’ at Tour de France; Katusha-Alpecin extends with Kochetkov, Belkov; Cretti’s condition slowly improves following crash; Sky set to sign Baby Giro winner Sivakov; Movistar announces Vuelta shortlist; Canberra plans to celebrate Matthews’ green jersey victory; Petition circulating to ban cyclists from highways following cyclist death; Sagan shaves head; British man taking elderly for bike rides; Froome helps fan propose marriage; Video: The Ride; Video: La Thuile Superenduro.
Team Sky is set to sign 20-year-old Russian Pavel Sivakov, winner of the Baby Giro d’Italia and Giro della Valle d’Aosta, according to Cycling Weekly. Sivakov took over the lead of the race on the third stage and defended it from that point on.
“I never thought I’d win the Giro d’Italia this year. It is just crazy,” he said. “I am super happy and the team is just amazing. This victory is not just mine, it is their victory also. They did a great job all week. I never saw the team so strong.”
He also took second and third in the points and KOM classifications, respectively.
This revelation comes on the heels of BMC announcing an end to its development team. While not directly citing the Sivakov situation, team manager Jim Ochowicz eluded to it in his rationale for ending the programme.
“Unlike prior years, the athletes today are for the most part being managed by rider agents,” Ochowicz said. “These rider agents then propose these athletes to other teams who may or may not invest in such a program. In essence, we are now developing athletes at a cost for both our team and other teams. The UCI offers no protection to development teams and no regulations exist that protect their investment or the transfer of riders from team to team.”
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