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by Shane Stokes
August 24, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Lutsenko wins stage 5 of the Vuelta a España; Tour du Poitou-Charentes: Bouhanni wins stage 2; Hodeg wins stage 6 of the Tour de l’Avenir; Van Garderen: ‘We’re headed in a good direction’; Chaves jumps to third overall; Illness puts Degenkolb out of Vuelta España; Stannard extends until 2020 with Team Sky; Reijnen and Bernard extend with Trek-Segafredo; Family of cyclist killed in Kansas City race file wrongful death lawsuit; Video: Andorra Epic Ride; Video: Top 10 Epic Fails in Cycling; Video: Adam Yates post-race interview, Stage 5 Vuelta a España
Ian Stannard has inked a new three-year deal with Team Sky, getting an important vote of confidence despite a tough year. “Obviously 2017 hasn’t gone how I wanted. The Classics were disappointing, really. I was hoping to do a lot better and then getting ill and missing out on the Tour wasn’t ideal.
“But I’ve had a nice bit of time off, I’m delighted to be at the Vuelta and I want to play my part here. It’s been a while since I did this race, but Froomey has come here as the favourite so there’s a lot of responsibility on us.”
The 30-year-old Briton is a double winner of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and also won the national championships in 2012. He explained why he was happy to remain with the squad. “We get the best support in this team and we get looked after really well. The team listen to the riders and involve us in the decisions, and that’s really important in races like the Classics, which is where my goals lie.”
Looking ahead, he said that he is planning for 2018 and is motivated to shine. “I’m thinking about next year now and pulling all the pieces together for that. I’ll sit down with Rod [Ellingworth] and go through it – pick this season apart and put a plan in for next year. Paris-Roubaix is the one I really I want to win and I need to try and get that right.”
Ellingworth, the team’s performance manager, said that the rider is part of the family. “I’m delighted that Ian is staying because I’ve been working with him for a long time,” he explained. “He’s been with us since day one and he is part of the family. He’s got some good friends in this team and I think he knows he’s supported really well.”