Froome wins at Vuelta, Ewan in Britain, D’hoore best in Belgium: Your Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 6, 2017

Froome wins Vuelta TT stage and extends general classification advantage; Ewan pips Boasson Hagen to win stage three of Tour of Britain; D’hoore Wins Lotto Belgium Tour Prologue; Loren Rowney joins Drops; Andrew Talansky announces retirement from pro cycling at age 28; Ag2r La Mondiale removes two riders from Vuelta after sticky bottle incident; Lappartient: UCI’s tablet detectors ‘simply aren’t enough’; Man charged over death of Chris Boardman’s mother; Contador on retirement: ‘I’ll gain weight, you’ll make jokes about it’; Stepping up: Three US teams aim for Pro Continental status in 2018; Video: Missing the Vuelta TT start time

Stepping up: Three US teams aim for Pro Continental status in 2018

by James Raia

EDMONTON, Alberta (CT) — Three teams and three seasons removed from the WorldTour, Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling) will advance next season toward his goal of competing again at cycling’s top level. The Northern California pro, who won the Tour of Alberta on Monday, will have plenty of company.

With the announcement last week of Holowesko-Citadel’s intention to move from Continental to Pro Continental status next season, five U.S.-based squads will be represented on cycling’s second-highest pro level in 2018.

UnitedHealthcare and Novo Nordisk competed on the Pro Continental circuit this season. In addition to Holowesko-Citadel, Axeon Hagens Berman, and Huffman’s team, Rally Cycling, will compete with the higher designation next year.

Like many pros late in the season, Huffman, 27, wasn’t sure of his employment status for 2018. But with his team’s decision, Huffman’s individual decision became easier — and logical. He’s renewed with Rally through 2019.

“Sometimes, you can wait too long and then an opportunity isn’t there,” said Huffman, who rode for two disappointing seasons with Astana on the WorldTour. “I looked at this team and what it’s meant for me and where’s going, and it was a sure thing. There’s a lot to lose by leaving or waiting.”

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